Conservation Districts Push Value of Technology

Conservation Districts Push Value of Technology

National Association of Conservation Districts outlines need for Congress to keep investing in tools conservation districts use.

Managing a conservation district is no easy task. Now do it with antiquated software and equipment. The National Association of conservation Districts is urging Congress, in a statement issued Thursday, to improve the software and technology to enable those districts and federal partners to help landowners plan and implement appropriate conservation practices.

Conservation district supervisor Jim Krosch from the Stevens Soil and Water Conservation District located in Morris, Minn., testified on behalf of NACD before the House Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition and Forestry. The Subcommittee called today’s hearing to review USDA’s information technology systems. In his remarks, Krosch stressed the importance of the technology link between conservation districts and the USDA in effectively serving landowners.

Krosch says it is "vital that the USDA data and technical tools are available to conservation district employees, as they use these tools every day to support local conservation efforts." In his testimony, he notes that NACD members are using a variety of new tools including aerial photography and geographic information systems and that should remain as up-to-date as possible.

You can read Krosch's full testimony by visiting Krosch Testimony.

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