During the National Association of Conservation Districts' Annual Meeting last week in Nashville, Tenn., members elected a new officer team and approved a set of guiding principles for the 2012 Farm Bill. Gene Schmidt of Hanna, Ind. was sworn in as NACD's new president. The new NACD officer team also includes: Earl Garber from Louisiana, First Vice President; Jack Majeres from South Dakota, Second Vice President; and Steve Miller from Idaho, Secretary/Treasurer.
Gene Schmidt, the new NACD president, has as one of his priorities a renewed push on conservation awareness. Schmidt believes that as districts, they need to do a better job of educating the public about the work of conservation districts and the benefits provided to local landowners, communities and the nation. Part of that education needs to happen at home, in local communities; and part of it needs to happen in Washington, D.C.
NACD now has a set of ten guiding principles focusing on the 2012 Farm Bill. They include: Resource-driven and locally-led conservation programs; Full funding for technical assistance needs; Easily accessible conservation program delivery system; Sustainable and renewable energy from agriculture and forestry; and New conservation technologies.