05-04-17 Inside the NACD with President Brent Van Dyke…

Inside the NACD with First VP Brent Van Dyke…

Brent Van Dyke, NACD First Vice-President

Brent Van Dyke, NACD President

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) May 4, 2017 – Joining me on the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Brent Van Dyke, President of the National Association of Conservation Districts discussing several topics including:

  • Celebrating NACD’s 62nd Annual Stewardship Week this week
  • Van Dyke’s recent trip to Russia as part of the USAID Delegation
  • NACD’s take on appropriations legislation (on April 28th the CR funding the federal government runs out. NACD expects Congress will pass a Fiscal Year 2017 budget this week, and hopes that budget plan reverses proposed cuts to voluntary conservation programs).
  • What the recent confirmation and swearing in of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue means for agriculture, conservation, and NACD.
  • NACD’s upcoming Summer Conservation Forum and Tour in Iowa this July 15-18.
  • Help the NACD decide on a theme for the 2018 NACD Annual Meeting in Nashville
  • Final Thoughts & More

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BIOGRAPHY: First Vice President Brent Van Dyke is a retired teacher and FFA advisor from Hobbs, New Mexico. He has worked for the State Department, specifically U.S.A.I.D., for more than 15 years as a contract advisor for agricultural projects in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

Van Dyke has served as vice president of New Mexico Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts since 2006. Prior to that, he served as board of supervisors’ chair for Lea County Soil and Water Conservation District. He was elected to represent NACD’s Southwest Region on the executive board in 2011.

A life-long resident of New Mexico, Van Dyke and his wife Kim farm irrigated alfalfa and coastal Bermuda hay in Lea County, New Mexico, and cotton in Plains, Texas. They also run a commercial and registered cattle operation in Southeastern New Mexico.

The National Association of Conservation District’s mission is to serve conservation districts by providing national leadership and a unified voice for natural resource conservation. For more information about the National Association of Conservation Districts – http://www.nacdnet.org/

And for more information about the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts, an NACD Member –  http://coloradoacd.org/