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Poster contest, McKean holds workshops, local news features conservation district week, video on Clinton County director, parliamentarian webinar, and news from USDA.
Poster Contest Offers Opportunity for At-Home Activity

While kids are home from school and parents are looking for activities, why not suggest the 2020 Poster Contest to your county residents via Facebook? The 2020 theme is, "Where would we BEE without Pollinators?"
 
Conservation districts that wish to participate can collect nominations via email, judge them, and forward the winners in each grade category to PACD. PACD will then select the statewide winners to move on to the national contest.
 
PACD will accept photos of your county's winners until June 30, 2020. Entries can be emailed to jmcnamara@pacd.org . Click here for more information on the contest. 
McKean County Conservation District Holds Series of Workshops 

Beginning in April 2019, the McKean County Conservation District held a series of workshops for their 2019-20 Nonpoint Source Pollution Prevention Mini-grant project, "Promoting Healthy Watersheds." The district held ten workshops, reaching 206 people. The workshops included a best management practices conservation tour, erosion control in our forests, a winter farmers meeting, a backyard conservation series, and an invasive plant workshop and field day.
The district achieved its goal of educating attendees on pollution prevention. The district demonstrated erosion and sedimentation control, rain gardens and infiltration areas, using native plants in riparian areas, and rain barrels.

Financial and other support for this project is provided by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, administered by the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Local Newspaper Features Article Series for Conservation District Week

The Times Observer in Warren, PA, ran a series of four articles for Conservation District Week. Including:
Thank you to the Times-Observer for shining a light on the critical work of the Warren County Conservation District at the Hatch Run Conservation Demonstration Area!
Regenerative Farming Video Features Clinton County Conservation District Director and Staff

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay created a video featuring Jim Harbach, a Clinton County Conservation District Director, and former district staff person Lisa Blazure.

Jim Harbach operates Schrack Farms Resources with his brother-in-law Kevin Schrack in Clinton County, PA. Having practiced no-till farming for 30 years, and adopting the use of cover crops in recent decades, Harbach sees the benefits of these conservation practices to his harvest yields as well as the soil.

Click here to watch the 3 ½ minute video.

Free Parliamentarian Educational Opportunity

In a free webinar, three world-class parliamentarians are prepared to help you in a lightning round of "Ask Me Anything." All are invited to listen, learn, and ask. These professional parliamentarians advise the highest profile clients/organizations, and are here to answer the questions you ask! Register now.

You must register in advance for connection information. The password is AIPParl.


Click here for more information. 
USDA Announces Cooperative Agreements for Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced the availability of $900,000 for local governments to host a Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction pilot project for the fiscal year 2020. The cooperative agreements will support projects that develop and test strategies for planning and implementing municipal compost plans and food waste reduction plans. The agreements are offered through USDA's Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production.

USDA will accept applications on Grants.gov until midnight on June 26, 2020. Projects should span two years with a start date of October 1, 2020, and completion date of September 29, 2022.

Click here to read more.

Photo caption: Photo courtesy of USDA-NRCS.
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Conservation Districts in the News 
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Upcoming Events

July 23, 2020, 10 am
PACD Executive Council Meeting Web Conference 


August 31-September 4, 2020
Agricultural Conservation Technical Training - Level II

Dauphin County Agriculture and Natural Resources Center,
D auphin, PA

PA Association of Conservation Districts | 717.238.7223 | pacd@pacd.org | www.pacd.org
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