75 Years of Conservation in Queen Anne's County
We invite you to come celebrate with us!
SOIL CONSERVATION DISTRICT SUPERVISOR TO BE APPOINTED
Nominations for an appointment to the Queen Anne's Soil Conservation District Board of Supervisors are being accepted by the Maryland State Soil Conservation Committee. The appointment will be for a five year term to expire February 7, 2021 and will fill the vacancy of Hans Schmidt.
A supervisor must be a resident of the district. District boundaries are the same as county boundaries. Anyone recommended should be able to attend monthly meetings of the Board of Supervisors, and have knowledge of and a sincere interest in proper land use and the conservation of soil, water, and related natural resources.
Any interested individual or organization may submit a recommendation. Nomination forms are available on the MDA website (click on Conservation, then committees) or forms may also be picked up at the Queen Anne's Soil Conservation District office, 211 East Water Street, Centreville, MD 21617. For more information, please call Tony Riggi at 410-758-3136 x3.
All nominations should be received by February 15, 2016 and should be sent to:
State Soil conservation Committee Department of Agriculture 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway Attn: Louise Lawrence Room 306 Annapolis, MD 21401
2014 Cooperator of the Year
Congratulations to brothers John Wood, III and Victor Wood for being named the Queen Anne's Soil Conservation District's Cooperator of the Year for 2014. Wood Brothers was established in 1975 and today farm in the Starr, Price, and Bridgetown areas. They have implemented many conservation practices on their land, including CRP, feeding and watering facilities for cattle, conservation tillage, cover crop, and manure injection.
Hans Schmidt, QASCD Board Member and President of the Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts, presents Bob Fitzgerald, Somerset Soil Conservation District, with the President's Award at the MASCD Annual Banquet, July 28, 2015.
Congratulations to Lee McDaniel, of Harford SCD, on becoming the 25th president of the National Association of Conservation Districts and the first from Maryland at the annual meeting in New Orleans, LA, February 1, 2015 through February 4, 2015. Maryland had a strong showing at the meeting to support Lee.
Also honored at the annual meeting for their distinquished service were Mary Jane and the late Don Spickler of Washington Soil Conservation District.
(Photos from NACD on Flickr)
Congratulations to the 2013 Soil Conservation Cooperator of the Year, Mr. Zhian Tavakoli! Mr. Tavakoli owns and operates a 207 acre grain and poultry farm on Rt. 8 on Kent Island. Mr. Tavakoli has been very proactive on his farm, changing management and adding best management practices on his farm in order to preserve the natural resources. Some of these practices include grassed waterways, poultry waste storage structures, composting facilities, heavy use area protection, critical area planting, and warm and cool season grass plantings.
Important Deadline set for Maryland Conservation Programs
Annapolis, Md., December 13, 2012– The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in Maryland has $11 million available for producers interested in improving the health and productivity of their land in 2013.
“Many farmers may not realize that although the 2008 Farm Bill has expired, NRCS is still offering technical and financial assistance to address resource concerns on crop and grazing lands, protect wildlife habitat, and keep land in agricultural production,” said Tom Morgart, Acting Maryland NRCS State Conservationist.
Farmers can sign up for conservation programs throughout the year, but funding selections are made at specific times and the first cutoff date is January 18, 2013. It is especially important for producers to get their applications in as soon as possible to be considered for limited funding.
“The Environmental Quality Incentives Program or EQIP is our most robust offering with many options for Maryland producers,” says Morgart. “This year, we have important livestock-related practices including manure storage, stream protection, heavy use areas, nutrient management planning, and manure management systems.”
The National EQIP Organic, Energy, and High Tunnel Initiatives are back this year. Through these initiatives NRCS seeks to help producers who are certified organic growers or working to achieve organic certification install conservation practices for organic production, help eligible producers plan and implement high tunnels, help producers to develop farm energy audits, and implement energy-saving conservation practices. Conservation Activity Plans are also available to help farmers better manage their resources.
Working Lands for Wildlife or WLFL is back for 2013 as well. Through this initiative, NRCS can provide funding to help reverse the decline of the threatened Golden-Winged Warbler and for Bog Turtle habitat restoration activities. Landowners in areas known to support these two species can apply for financial assistance for the improvement of wetland habitat for Bog Turtle Warbler (in Baltimore, Cecil, Carroll, or Harford Counties) or establishment of native grasses and forbs and early successional habitat for Golden-Winged Warbler (in Allegany, Garrett, or Washington Counties).
The Agricultural Management Assistance or AMA program will offer irrigation related practices in 2013.
In 2012, Maryland NRCS provided more than $26 million to producers statewide. However, the number of applications received far exceeded the amount of funding available. Producers are encouraged to apply immediately to ensure consideration for this funding cycle.
If you are interested in Farm Bill programs, contact your local NRCS office to identify and plan the conservation measures you would like to implement on your land. The conservationist can help you develop a plan, identify recommended practices, and pursue funding through one of the many Farm Bill program options available. USDA service center locations are listed online at http://offices.usda.gov or in the phone book under Federal Government, U.S. Department of Agriculture. General program information is available on the NRCS Maryland website at www.md.nrcs.usda.gov.
For more information about NRCS conservation programs online, visit: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov, or visit your local USDA Service Center.
Contact the Queen Anne's Soil Conservation District with any questions or for upcoming events information
Phone: 410-758-1671 x3