07-14-17 CONSERVATION DISTRICTS OF IOWA WELCOMES NATIONAL CONSERVATION COMMUNITY

CONSERVATION DISTRICTS OF IOWA WELCOMES NATIONAL CONSERVATION COMMUNITY

NACD Summer Conservation Forum and Tour showcases successful soil health and water quality conservation projects across Iowa

WASHINGTON, July 14, 2017 – Innovative efforts to advance adoption of soil and water conservation practices by conservation districts in Iowa and across the United States will be in the spotlight Monday, July 17 and Tuesday, July 18 as part of a joint meeting hosted by the National Association of Conservation Districts and the Conservation Districts of Iowa.

“NACD and CDI put together a terrific program for this year’s Summer Conservation Forum and Tour, complete with engaging speakers, dynamic panel discussions, and expert presentations,” NACD President Brent Van Dyke said. “Leading up to the general program on Monday and the all-day conservation tours on Tuesday, NACD and CDI leadership will be getting down to business, discussing and approving budgets, developing strategic objectives, and setting policy priorities that will guide and enhance locally-led, voluntary conservation delivery in the United States for many years to come.”

This first-ever confluence of state and national conservation experts and practitioners in Iowa will demonstrate how dedicated the nation’s 3,000 conservation districts are to continuously improving soil health and water quality in both rural and urban areas.

“Here in Iowa, we embrace the fact that soil health and water quality impact everyone,” said Bob Lynch, CDI president and farmer from Humboldt County. “While we have 500 national conservation leaders here in Iowa, our focus will be on promoting important and innovative conservation practices and the ways in which conservation districts in Iowa – and around the nation – can facilitate the adoption of these practices.”

The sponsors of the 2017 Summer Conservation Forum and Tour include the Agri Drain Corporation, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, AgSolver, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance, and Mosaic.

The National Association of Conservation Districts is the non-profit organization that represents the nation’s 3,000 conservation districts, their state associations and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. For more than 70 years, local conservation districts have worked with cooperating landowners and managers of private working lands to help them plan and apply effective conservation practices. For more information about NACD, visit: www.nacdnet.org.