The following will take you to the Fremont SWCD FY2018 Annual Report .
Fremont Soil & Water Conservation FY2018 Annual Report
(Sidney)--The Fremont County Soil and Water Conservation District will celebrate 75 years of soil and water conservation with a special banquet Thursday, June 30th at 6:30pm at the United Faith Church, Sidney, Iowa.
Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey is scheduled to speak at the event along with Endowed Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Iowa State University, Wendy Wintersteen, and Conservation District of Iowa Executive Director Clare Lindahl. Reservations for the event are required and can be made by contacting Sheryl Sanders at 712-385-8449.
The Fremont County Soil Conservation District was organized by interested landowners to provide a community approach to the common problem of soil conservation. Active soil conservation work had been in progress in the county since 1934, mostly on a demonstrational basis, and it was felt that through the formation of a soil conservation district, a more widespread adoption of soil conservation would be accomplished by means of an educational and action program administered by the district. Following a favorable referendum on May 27, 1941, the Fremont County Soil Conservation District was authorized by landowners. A state charter was issued to the District on June 30, 1941. Mr. Melton Eisenhower, acting Secretary of Agriculture, signed the Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Agriculture on October 14, 1941.
The first district commissioners elected in 1941 consisted of Ralph Jones, F.E. Cowden and A.L. Scott. These men were farmers who had been active in the demonstrational conservation program and had conservation plans and practices on their farms. Since these men and their families were active leaders in the county and community affairs, the district program got under way.
Current district commissioners are Phillip Wing, Sheryl Sanders, Harold Mitchell, Mark Kilpatrick and Carl Jardon. These commissioners are proud of the conservation work producers and landowners have put on the ground over the years. They look forward to the future as they to help the people protect our precious natural resources, soil and water, in Fremont County.
For more information on the outstanding conservation work going on in Fremont County and to RSVP for the June 30th banquet, contact Sheryl Sanders at 712-385-8449 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAVE THE DATE!!! June 30, 2016 - Fremont Soil & Water Conservation District will be celebrating 75 years of putting conservation on the ground. Further celebration details to come.
Jake Holt has returned to work in Fremont County as a farm bill biologist. He brings with him many years of conservation expertise. Jake will be working closely with landowners primarily promoting wildlife habitat through the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP).
We are pleased to have Jake back in Fremont County as part of our team.
Check out AgClimate4U.org for great information on Ag Climate trends and related information.
If you want to learn about invasive plant pests and diseases that threaten our area or will threaten us in the future go to the website www.hungrypests.com! To learn more about this new resource read the follow USDA news release.
Greg Rosenthal (301) 851-4054
Suzanne Bond (301) 851-4070
WASHINGTON, April 2, 2014—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today proclaimed April as Invasive Plant Pest
and Disease Awareness Month. Each year during April, USDA amplifies its public outreach about the risks that invasive plant pests, diseases and harmful weeds pose to America's crops and forests—and how the public can prevent their spread. These non-native, destructive species can seriously harm the economy,
environment, or even human health.
“Invasive species threaten the health and profitability of U.S. agriculture and forestry, and the many jobs these sectors support,” said Kevin Shea, Administrator of USDA’s Animal and Plant
Health Inspection Service (APHIS). “To protect that crucial value, USDA and its partners work hard every day to keep invasive pests and diseases out of the United States and to control those that may slip in. This April, we’re asking all Americans to be our partners in this critical work.”
Invasive plant pests and diseases can jeopardize entire industries such as U.S. citrus or hardwood timber. For just one disease— huanglongbing (HLB or citrus greening), in one state, Florida—the
losses are alarming: more than $4.5 billion in lost citrus production from the 2006/07 to 2010/11 production seasons. One invasive pest, the emerald ash borer beetle, has destroyed tens of millions of American ash trees in our forests and communities. Scientists have estimated the cost of all invasive species to all economic sectors to be approximately $120 billion yearly.
With stakes this high, public awareness and action become key elements in protecting America’s agricultural and natural resources. APHIS created its Hungry Pests public outreach program to empower Americans with the knowledge they need to leave these “hungry pests” behind. For instance, invasive pests can hitchhike in and on the things we move and pack, such as firewood, plants, fruits and vegetables, outdoor furniture and agricultural products ordered online.
So this April, APHIS is asking Americans to visit HungryPests.comto learn what invasive plant pests and diseases are in their state or threaten it. Get information about damaging pests that USDA and its partners are combatting right now, especially tree-killing pests that are are beginning to emerge this spring and into the summer. Be on the lookout for the emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle, which starve trees to death by boring into them and eating their insides. Keep an eye out for the gypsy moth, whose hungry caterpillars can strip trees and bushes bare. Not all tree threats are insects; sudden oak death disease, caused by a fungus-like organism, can kill many types of trees as well as many landscape plants, such as camellias and rhododendrons.
Most importantly, learn the “Seven Ways to Leave Hungry Pests
Behind,” such as buying firewood where you burn it, or only moving treated firewood if you must bring it with you. Such simple actions could save a forest or an entire industry from devastation by invasive species. Individual citizens play a vital role. This month, be on the lookout for videos, articles and social media buzz on invasive
species and how to stop their spread. Start by joining the conversation on the Hungry Pests Facebook Page.
For its part, APHIS has numerous partners at the federal, state, county and local levels, and at universities and nongovernmental organizations. Through its many safeguarding activities abroad,
on the border and across the country, APHIS helps to ensure a diverse natural ecosystem and an abundant and healthy food supply for all Americans. Please join us in the effort to protect these vital
USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender. To file a
complaint of discrimination, write:USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272(voice), or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).
These posts are written by Fremont County Soil and Water Conservation District Employees and State and Federal NRCS employees. Subscribe to stay updated on District News!