Approximately 20 Hoosiers are attending including IASWCD Secretary Jamie Scott, Kosciusko County SWCD; Ray McCormick, Knox County SWCD, NACD delegate and IASWCD immediate past president; and Tom Crowe, Allen County SWCD and North-Northeast Region Director.
Several of Indiana's delegation to the NACD Annual Meeting stopped for a picture in San Antonio this morning.
The NACD 2013 Annual Meeting features keynote speaker Timothy Egan, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and the author of six books, including The Worst Hard Time, which won a National Book Award for nonfiction. The Worst Hard Time chronicles the unparalleled dust storms in the High Plains during the Great Depression. This fall, Egan served as the main on-screen narrator for filmmaker Ken Burns' PBS documentary about the Dust Bowl.
Other convention speakers include: Rep. Henry Cuellar (TX-28); Jason Weller, Acting Chief, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS); Ellen Gilinsky, Senior Policy Advisor, Environmental Protection Agency; Indiana's own Gene Schmidt, NACD President; John Larson, NACD Chief Executive Officer; David Lamm, Soil Conservationist, NRCS East National Technology Support Center; Tom Martin, CEO, American Forest Foundation; and Tim Wigley, President of the Western Energy Alliance.
Soil health and water quality is not something the IASWCD takes lightly. Together with Indiana's 92 county Soil and Water Conservation Districts and almost 400 volunteers statewide, the Association works to coordinate technical, financial and other forms of assistance from available sources (public and private, local, state and federal) in an effort to develop locally driven solutions to natural resource concerns.
NACD is the nonprofit 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, including news and photos from the meeting, visit www.nacdnet.org.
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