A website was recently made available by the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service for landowners, teachers, students and farmers. The resources on the site are designed to help the visitor understand the basics and benefits of soil health – and to learn about Soil Health Management Systems from farmers who are using those systems. Click here to visit the website http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/soils/health/
Please make a note of our new email address:
District Manager- Deanna Fehrer: email@example.com
Communications – Robin Buckalew: firstname.lastname@example.org
BMP & Ed Program Assistant -Amanda Braham: email@example.com
Senior TMDL Conservation Specialist – Charlie Wootton: two addresses firstname.lastname@example.org
BMP Conservation Technician – Kevin Dunn: two addresses
The Piedmont SWCD is part of a conservation partnership that provides resources, education and leadership on the wise use of soil and water resources. They accomplish this through a wide variety of programs, including the Virginia Agricultural Best Management Practices Program, Equipment Rental Program, Watershed Dam Structure Maintenance, and an Environmental Education Program. Every four years the Piedmont SWCD develops a Strategic Plan to help guide their operations and generate goals and objectives. Please take this opportunity to let us know how you think we are going and how you think we can best assist you by taking the following Stakeholder Survey. Click here to access Stakeholder Survey II. THANKS FOR YOUR INPUT!
Every four years the Piedmont SWCD develops a strategic plan to help guide their operations and generate goals and objectives. Please take this opportunity to let the Piedmont SWCD know how they are doing and how you think they can best assist you with the wise use of natural resources.
To access the survey, hover over the menu above and open About, and then open the drop down box Strategic Plan and Annual Plan of Work box. There you will find a link to the Stakeholder Survey. Or, just click here to access Stakeholder Survey. Thank you for participating!
A young attendee at the Virginia Association of Conservation Districts Annual Meeting on December 5-6 at the Roanoke Hotel in Roanoke, Virginia enjoyed assembling the puzzle part of the Piedmont SWCD’s Eduction Exhibit. The puzzle, when assembled, shows Gary Fetter’s comic strip on watersheds (see blog below for close-up of strip). “What is Your Watershed Address” was the theme of the Education Exhibit, and the Association awarded the Piedmont SWCD a gift certificate recognizing the exhibit.
This cartoon is one of two purchased from cartoonist Gary Fetters. (Click on the cartoon above to zoom in and read the dialogue). A conservation cartoon is only one of many different ways that the Piedmont SWCD reaches out to a varied audience with their conservation message. The District also produces a bi-monthly radio spot aired on WFLO in Farmville during the noon hour, sends out newsletters seasonally, and hosts educational farm tours and trainings.
The giant Kingfisher evidently didn’t faze the young lady examining the soil tunnel at the Family Farm Day held September 8 at the SPAREC in Blackstone.
The Piedmont District is happy to announce that Amanda Braham is the new Program Support Technician. Amanda is working part-time and is especially looking forward to her involvement with the youth outreach program. She is a 2012 graduate from Southside Community College is Business Administration. Welcome aboard Amanda!
Come and join us on September 8 for a day of fun and educational activities about Virginia Agriculture from 9 am til 2 pm (rain or shine) on September 8 at the Virginia Tech Southern Piedmont Center near Blackstone. For more information call P. J. Shepherd at 434-292-5331 or visit http://www.arec.vaes.vt.edu/southern-piedmont.