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 2018/2019
  • October 3 – Cullman Christian 3rd - 6th grades– A Drop in the bucket – 47 kids
  • October 3 – Grant Writing Workshop (Kathy)
  • October 5 - County Land Judging Contest
  • October 10 – Forestry Planning Committee meeting
  • October 12 - Young Entrepreneurs Academy mentoring - Holly Pond High (Travis) 20 students
  • October 12 – Huntsville Ag Tour (Kathy & Deb)
  • October 17 - SWCD Awards Banquet
  • October 18 – Farm City proclamation breakfast – (Robert)
  • October 18 - Fall FAWN - 185 kids
  • October 20 - Young Entrepreneurs Academy mentoring – Cullman High (Travis)
  • October 21 – Peinhardt Day
  • October 23 – Farm City Tour
  • October 26 -RC&D Annual Meeting Lake Guntersville
  • October 27 – Vinemont Farm Day (Agventure Trailer)
  • November 2 – Hanceville 1st grades-the 4th little pig - 100 kids
  • November 5 -9 - SECDEA meeting in Pigeon Forge
  • November 9 - District Land Judging
  • November 12-14 AACD meeting in Huntsville
  • November 16 – Hanceville 1st grades – Better Move on Frog – 100-- kids
  • November 16 - Farm City banquet
  • November 17 – Education Filed Day – Camp MB
  • November 20 – Forestry Planning Committee Duck River Dam Tour
  • November 27 – Cullman Christian pre K - 2-True Story of 3 little pigs – 46 kids
  • November 28 – Cullman Christian 3rd - 6th grades– Animal tracks – 47 kids
  • November 29 – Cold Springs – 3rd grade – Animal tracks – 60 kids
  • November 30 – Hanceville 1st grades – Can a Rooster Drive a Tractor – 100 kids
  • December 4 – Cullman Christian 3rd – 6th grades – Down in the Dumps – 47 kids
  • December 5 – ACDEA meeting in Montgomery
  • December 6 – Cullman Christian – Pre K – 2nd grades – Cotton Gin – 46 kids
  • December 6 – Cold Springs – 3rd grade – Beaks – 60 kids
  • December 11 - SWCD Christmas meeting at Camp MB
  • December 12 – Hanceville 1st grades – Chicken Chat – 100 kids
  • December 3 – North Team Meeting @ Camp MB
  • December 9 – Flap Your Wings Program @ Hanceville (125)
  • December 10 – Supervisors Meeting
  • January 3 – Cullman Christian School Program - Give Me Five - (45)
  • January 9 – FPC meeting
  • January 11 – Cullman Christian School Program - Dinosaurs ((41)
  • January 23 – Teach the Teacher Workshop – Clanton
  • January 24 – Francher School Program – Pass the Energy Please – (25)
  • January 25 - AMRV RC&D quarterly meeting Athens Library
  • January 27-31 - NACD national meeting Nashville TN
  • February 1 – Hanceville School Program – Ground Hog day (100)
  • February 7 – AM – Francher School Program – Substitute Ground Hog (25)
  • February 8 – Cullman Christian School Program Ground Hog Day (41)
  • February 13 – Forestry PC Meeting
  • February 14 – Supervisors meeting
  • February 15 – Hanceville School Program – Brer Rabbit (100)
  • February 20 – Hanceville – Over In The Forest – (100)
  • February 21 – Francher School Program – Plant Terrariums (25)
  • February 21- Hanceville – Cotton Gin (100)
  • February 22 – Arbor Day Tree sale
  • February 22 – WF meeting
  • February 23 – ACDEA meeting – Clanton
  • February 26 – Morgan County FO – Tree planting in Memory of Ann Smith
  • February 27 – Harmony – Riverworks Program – (62)
  • March 1 – Hanceville School Program – Dr Seuss (100)
  • March 6 – Francher School Program –Down in the Dumps (25)
  • March 7 – Day at the State House - Montgomery
  • March 8 – Cullman Christian School Program - Dr Seuss (41)
  • March 13 – Forestry Meeting
  • March 14 – NRCS Cultural Diversity Day – Wheeler Wildlife Refuge
  • March 15 – Hanceville School Program – Flap Your Wings (100)
  • March 21 – Cold Springs School Program – Habitat Shuffle (60)
  • March 22 –Holly Pond Environmental Science Class – Camp MB 4 stations (50)
  • March 27 – National Ag Day Tour
  • April 4 – Francher – Circles of the Earth (25)
  • April 5 – Hanceville - Habitat Shuffle (100)
  • April 6 – Helped with Limestone WF & Blount WF
  • April 10 – Forestry Meeting
  • April 11 – Board Meeting
  • April 12 – Cold Springs – I Can Name 50 Trees (60)
  • April 13 – Harvest to H9me Dinner at Wallace
  • April 16 – Cullman Christian – Life in a Fish Bowl – (22)
  • April 17 – Riverwood Farm Tour
  • April 18 – Francher – Water Filtration (25)
  • April 19 – Earth Day Program @ Hanceville (100)
  • April 19 RC&D Qtr. Meeting DeKalb
  • April 20 – District Forestry Judging Contest – Archery Park
  • April 20 – WF meeting
  • April 21 – Fairview Spring Fling – Fairview Park – Ag Trailer
  • April 22 – 24 – State RC&D meeting – Orange Beach
  • April 23 – Cullman Primary – Earth Day Booth – (125)
  • April 27 – West Point K – Day in the Park – Sportsman Lake – (100)
  • May 2 – Spring FAWN – (281)
  • May 3 – Hanceville – The Cow that Went Oink – (100)
  • May 4 – WF meeting
  • May 7 – Cullman Christian – Ag Trailer (60)
  • May 8 – Forestry Meeting
  • May 9 – Board Meeting
  • May 10 – Cold Springs – Soil Buddies (60)
  • May 15 – Hanceville - Once There Was a Tree – (100)
  • May 16 – Francher – Riverworks Program (25)
  • May 18 - Cullman County Water festival (1200)
  • June 6 – Board Meeting
  • June 10 – 12 – ACDEA Workshop - Pelham
  • June 13 – Touring Farm for Kids – Agventure Trailer Camp MB– (40)
  • June 20 – Forestry Meeting
  • June 21 – Pals Luncheon – Camp MB
  • June 23 – POP – Ag Trailer @ Festhalle Market
  • June 26-28 - Hosted a 3-day Teacher workshop
  • July 10 – Forestry Planning Committee Meeting
  • July 11 – Board Meeting
  • July 13 – Festhalle – 2nd Friday Ag Trailer
  • July 17 – Hartselle – Teacher Workshop (Kathy)
  • July 20 – Camp MB – Forestry Lunch N Learn
  • July 26 – RC&D Quarterly Meeting Jackson Co
  • August 10 – 2nd Fridays @ Festhalle – Ag Trailer
  • August 14 – Forestry Planning Committee Meeting
  • August 15 – Board Meeting & EQIP Meeting
  • August 16 – Area I Supervisors Meeting Jackson Co
  • August 22 – 23 – Clear Water Seminar – Oxford – (Kathy & Tomeesa)
  • August 25 – POP Festhalle – Ag Trailer
  • August 29 0- N Team Meeting Hartselle
  • August 30 – Hanceville – A Day in the Life of a Farmer – (100)
  • September 6 – Hanceville – All About Dairy (100)
  • September 10 – Cullman Christian – Dinosaurs (11)
  • September 11 - Forestry Meeting
  • September 12- Board Meeting
  • September 14 – 2nd Fridays –Ag Trailer
  • September 17 – Cullman Christian – Animal Tracks (11)
  • September 18 – Cullman Library – Flap Your Wings
  • September 19 – Area 1 DAC Workshop – Double Springs
  • September 20 – Hanceville – Dinosaurs (100)
  • September 22 – 26 – National RC&D Meeting – St Paul Minnesota
  • September 24 – Cullman Library – Can a Rooster Drive a Tractor
  • September 25 – ACDEA Meeting Clanton
  • September 27- Agri Plex – Cotton Gin
  • September 27 – Forestry Judging Contest - @ Wallace State