Cullman County Soil & Water Conservation District

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Cullman County SWCD - NRCS

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The NRCS Connection

The Soil and Water Conservation District / NRCS Link in Resource Conservation
The local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, which are entities of State government, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), a Federal agency, have been "joined at the hip" since 1937. In that year, Congress established the Soil Conservation Service (SCS) and mandated that this new agency would work directly with local Soil Conservation Districts to protect the resource base on farms and ranches throughout the Nation. The old SCS has since become the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and most Soil Conservation Districts have included "water" in their names.
The NRCS is a branch of the U. S. Department of Agriculture and has a headquarters in each state. In Alabama, the NRCS headquarters is located in Auburn.
The function of NRCS at the local level is to provide technical leadership, delivery of special programs, and overall leadership of each office. Federal cost sharing typically flows through a sister agency called the Farm Services Agency, but any payments to landowners is contingent upon certification by NRCS that practices for which payments are made meet NRCS standards and specifications. The NRCS provides a District Conservationist (DC) to nearly all of the State's 67 SWCDs in Alabama and in most cases also provides at least one technician. The DC and technician work under the direction of a local, five-member District Board of Supervisors, each of whom is a local landowner.
The Soil & Water Conservation District Board provides direction for local programs and ensures that the District staff fulfill its primary mission of working with landowners to install Best Management Practices (BMPs) to control erosion, protect water quality, and provide other measures necessary to enhance and protect the environment. Both the DC and technician may also gather data to assess resource needs, provide educational programs, conduct tours, and develop other activities in support of the overall resource conservation effort. Each SWCD also has a District Administrative Coordinator (DAC) who is a local (non-Federal, non-state) worker who provides administrative support for the office. In many cases, the DAC takes a lead role in organizing meetings, providing educational programs to schools, and providing special assistance to the DC and the Board.
The State Soil and Water Conservation Committee (SWCC) is the "lead organization" for the 67 SWCDs and are responsible for providing overall administrative leadership to the Districts. The SWCC consists of six District Board members selected from six administrative areas of the state plus representatives from Auburn University's Agricultural Experiment Station, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and Alabama Business Education. The SWCC meets quarterly while routine day-to-day operations are run by an Executive Director and a staff of four. The SWCC water Quality section consist of two contract employees who work with 319 grants provided through the Alabama Department Environmental Management (ADEM) to carry out activities related to improving our environment and protecting our natural resources.

The linked diagram depicts the inter-relationship between the NRCS, SWCC and local Districts.




Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Cullman County SWCD - EQUIP

EQIP provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers in order to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, reduced soil erosion and sedimentation...
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Cullman County SWCD - AACD

The Alabama Agricultural and Conservation Development Commission Program was enacted by the Legislature of Alabama on April 29, 1986. The purpose of the AACDCP is to provide financial assistance through cost-share grants to owners of land used for agricultural or timber production for applying soil conservation, water quality improvement, or reforestation and forest improvement practices in the State. Sign-up for the cost-share program occurs annually and applications are available in local Soil and Water Conservation District offices in each of the sixty-seven counties of Alabama. Contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District for sign-up information.



WHEW! WE'VE BEEN BUSY -
AND LOVIN' EVERY MINUTE OF IT!

Events for Cullman County SWCD FY 2016
  • October 5 - Awards Banquet at Camp MB
  • October 8 - North Area Forestry Landowner Tour
  • October 15 - Huntsville Farm Her Tour
  • October 21 - 22 - Fall FAWN (800)
  • October 27 - 28 - School Program on soil buddies (160)
  • October 29 -RC&D Annual Meeting Lake Guntersville
  • October 30 - Vinemont Farm Day (140)
  • November 1 -5 - SECDEA meeting in Pigeon Forge
  • November 10 - District Land Judging
  • November 15-17 AACD meeting at Perdido Beach
  • November 19 - Farm City banquet
  • December 8 - ACDEA meeting in Clanton
  • December 14 - SWCD Christmas meeting at Camp MB
  • December 15 - NRCS North Team meeting
  • December 16 - Help with Shelby County Water Festival (120)
  • December 29 - Murray Griffin retirement reception
  • January 14 - Chamber State of the Community
  • January 20 - Non-Point Conference
  • January 21 - Soil Buddies school program at Welti (24)
  • January 28 - AMRV RC&D quarterly meeting Huntsville
  • January 29-February 3 - NACD national meeting Reno Nevada
  • February 4 - Huntsville to work on EEA presentations
  • February 5 - Help with Blount County Water Festival (90)
  • February 5 - Alabama Natural Resource Conservation Awards ceremony at Millbrook
  • February 12 - ACDEA meeting Clanton
  • February 23 - Farming 101
  • February 25 – Held an Arbor Day Tree Sale
  • February 26 - Environmental Education Association presentations at Camp McDowell
  • March 2 – Dr Seuss program at Parkside (40)
  • March 14 - Parkside school program on Active me (40)
  • March 15 - 16 - West Point Tracks Program (140)
  • March 23 - Launch Conserve Alabama & Legislative Reception in Montgomery (90)
  • March 24 - Helped with Jefferson County Water Festival (150)
  • March 30 - Parkside program My Green Earth (40)
  • April 14 - Parkside school program on numbers (40)
  • April 21 - Earth Day at West Point - (120)
  • April 22 - District Forestry Judging Contest (120)
  • April 27 - Spring FAWN (400)
  • April 28 - RC&D quarterly meeting in DeKalb
  • May 3 - State RC&D meeting Birmingham
  • May 5 - Parkside school program on plants (40)
  • May 6 - Cullman County Water festival ( 950)
  • May 9 - Education outside West Point at Sportsman Lake - (140)
  • May 10 - Parkside school program on Dinosaurs (40)
  • May 12 - Helped with Madison County Water Festival ((80)
  • May 17 - Agriplex Center program on soil profile pudding (30)
  • May 18- Chamber morning blend then appreciation day
  • May 19 - Cold Springs school program on soil buddies (25)
  • May 20 - Chamber Community Luncheon
  • June 5-8 - ACDEA meeting in Prattville
  • June 14 - Forestry Planning Committee meeting
  • June 15-16 - N Alabama Touring Farms for Kids (80)
  • June 28-30 - Hosted a 3-day Teacher workshop
  • July 12 - Forestry Planning Committee meeting
  • July 28 - Quarterly RC&D meeting in Hartselle
  • August 9 - Forestry Planning Committee meeting
  • August 11 - Area 1 Supervisor meeting in Morgan Co
  • August 17 - Chamber Morning Bland
  • August 20 - Farm to Fork Dinner @ Camp Meadowbrook
  • August 22 - Travis on 33/40 TV promoting the Agventure Trailer
  • August 23 - Area 1 DAC training in Marion County
  • August 23 - Game Check meeting at Camp Meadowbrook
  • August 25 - Travis interview with Fox 6 at Festhalle Market
  • August 26 - School Program @ Hanceville - Life in a Fish Bowl 120 kids
  • August 27 - Farm Y'all Festival - Ribbon cutting on Agventure Trailer
  • August 30 - School Program @ holly Pond - Enviroscape 62 kids
  • August 31 - North Team meeting in Hartselle
  • September 9 - School Program at Holly Pond - Tracks - 80 kids
  • September 13 - Forestry Planning Committee Meeting
  • September - Forestry Judging Competition
  • September 16 - Water Festival Meeting
  • September 19 - 20 - Women in Forestry Workshop @ Stan Wood
  • September 21 - School Program @ Fairview - 90 kids
  • September 22 - Set up Fair booth
  • September 27 - ACDEA meeting in Clanton
  • September 30 - School Program @ Hanceville - Fine Feathered Friends 120 kids