Conservation Districts Gather on Capitol HillThu, 19 Mar 2015 09:36:07 CDT
More than 100 soil and water conservation district supervisors, employees and state association representatives are in Washington, D.C. today for the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Spring Fly-In.
NACD kicked off the event this morning with a breakfast in the Capitol Visitors Center. NACD President Lee McDaniel spoke about the importance of conservation districts being on the Hill and educating their members of Congress. Members are spending the day visiting hundreds of legislators to share their priorities on behalf of NACD on a number of issues including: FY 2016 appropriations and budget, Farm Bill implementation, a concurrent resolution recognizing locally-led conservation and soil health, and a number of their state issues. Click here for NACD's issue papers.
"Now is an important time for conservation districts to make their voices heard," said NACD President Lee McDaniel. "Conservation has already gone through sequestration and cuts in a Farm Bill where the ink is barely dry. With upcoming budget decisions looming it is more important than ever to let Congress know the value of conservation in their local communities."
NACD members will be visiting with their representatives asking for Congress to protect conservation funding from additional budget cuts and provide adequate resources to deliver locally-led conservation to land owners and operators.
This evening, NACD will host a Congressional reception on capitol Hill to network with legislators, Congressional staff, members of the media, and partner organizations and agencies. NACD is anticipating remarks from Congressman Glenn Thompson (R-PA) who currently chairs the Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee of the House Committee on Agriculture.
Thanks to our fly-in sponsors: CHS, U.S. Sugar Corporation, the International Certified Crop Adviser program, the Society for Range Management, U.S. Cattlemen's Association and the National Conservation District Employees Association.
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