Soil and Water Conservation in the News

Soil Health Workshop  (PDF, 2.06 MB)

Presented by Central Georgia SWCD on September 21, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Washington County Ag Center in Tennille GA.  Free to attend but registration is required. Lunch provided.

Nutrient Management Workshop  (PDF, 942.92 KB)

Oconee River SWCD presents workshop for poultry producers on Sept 13, 2023 at Jackson Co. Ag Facility. Registration is required, dinner provided.

Brier Creek SWCD donates to High School  (PDF, 630.8 KB)

Brier Creek SWCD donates $750 to Lucy C. Laney High School to expand their agriculture and conservation program.

GSWCC participate in tour  (PDF, 1.36 MB)

On July 26 GSWCC Region I and II employees Ashley Temples and Jennifer Standridge were participants in a tour of the UGA Georgia Mountain Research & Education Center.

Brier Creek NACD Poster Contest Winners

Pollinator Class at YMCA of Coastal Georgia

Composting Workshop - July 18th  (PDF, 84.96 KB)

UGA Extension is hosting the event from 10:30am to Noon at the Gordon County Ag Service Center V 1282 GA-53 Spur, Calhoun, GA 30701. Sponsored by the Coosa River SWCD.

  "Sea to Shining Sea"  (PDF, 473.42 KB)

The Broad River SWCD sponsored a float in the City of Colbert 4th of July Parade this year.

NACD Poster Contest

Ohoopee SWCD took part in NACD Soil Stewardship week by sponsoring the NACD Poster Contest.

FFA Hoop House repairs  (997.8 KB)

Treutlen County High School students and staff were busy doing some repairs on the FAA Hoop House.  Funding for the repairs were made possible by Ohoopee SWCD.

Wheeler Co 4H Raised Bed Project  (2.41 MB)

Wheeler County 4H students took part in relocating the existing raised beds, refilling with soil and planting at the Wheeler County Senior Citizen Center. Funding for this project was made possible by the Ohoopee SWCD.

Funds for Bacon County Ag Day and more  (955.46 KB)

Altamaha SWCD presented Bacon County Extension with funds to be used to help fun Bacon County Ag Day and 4 Library Days during the summer.

Bacon County Farm Day 2023 in Altamaha District

Farm Field day for 5th Graders  (651.01 KB)

On May 4, Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District and Double
Branches Farm treated Lincoln County Elementary School 5th Graders to a farm field day.

Soil Stewardship Week in Region III of the GA Soil & Water Conservation Commiss…

Spring Plant Day at Treutlen Elementary School (917.99 KB)

Supported by Ohoopee River SWCD and attended by Region III staff.

Statham Elementary School Ag Day (888.12 KB)

On March 31 Oconee River SWCD Supervisor Robert McLocklin and GSWCC Region II staff participated in the Annual Ag Day at Statham Elementary School in Barrow County.

Diamond Lakes Elementary Ag day (616.09 KB)

GSWCC Region III staff was proud to participate in the 1st Annual Ag Day at Diamond Lakes Elementary school in Hephzibah on March 22nd.

Beef Cattle Workshop Success Story (789.59 KB)

Lamar County SWCD concluded their Beef Cattle 101: Educational Workshop Series March 4, 2023 with a field day at Walters Farms in Lamar County.

Urban Agriculture Workshop - April 22, 2023  (304.31 KB)

Presented by Walton County SWCD at the Walton County Extension office. 

Innovative Solutions to Urban Conservation (3.28 MB)

Gwinnett SWCD presents "The Economics of Ecology" weaving it into a framework of resilient urban stormwater planning. Event was April 20, 2023 in Sugar Hill. 

Science Olympiad photos and videos

Hosted by the Pine Mountain SWCD, the event was held at the Buena Vista Middle/High school for 6th, 7th and 8th graders on Friday March 31st.

Jeff Davis County Farm Day (560.99 KB)

GSWCC and GACD personnel participated in the Farm Day that was attended by 750 children K through 2nd grade.

Ohoopee SWCD Toombs Co FFA POF 3-2023 (1.22 MB)

Ohoopee SWCD presented Toombs County High School FFA Chapter funds to purchase plants, soil tables and more.

TCES Community Reader Day (1009.61 KB)

GSWCC Region III staff participated in Community Reader Day for Read Across America Week at Treutlen County Elementary School.

Wheeler County 4H receives assistance  (942.81 KB)

Ohoopee SWCD presented Wheeler County 4H with funds that will be used on a project between the 4H and the Senior Citizen Center.

Truetlen School System receives assistance  (661.25 KB)

Ohoopee SWCD presented Treutlen School System a check to be used for Spring Plant Day, soil for raised beds and more.

Hephzibah High School FFA receives funds  (1.29 MB)

Brier Creek SWCD in conjunction with GSWCC presented $1500 to Hephzibah HS FFA Program. These funds will further their goals of continued AG based education.

Cloverbuds Environmental Learning  (116.8 KB)

On Feb. 13 this AWESOME group of Cloverbuds from McDuffie County learned how to be Environmental Superheroes!

Feral Swine Workshop - Feb 21, 2023 (466.61 KB)

Middle South Georgia SWCD is sponsoring the workshop at the Worth County Ag Pavilion located at 102 Rebecca Dr, Sylvester, Ga.  There is no cost to attend the workshop, but space is limited.

Managed Grazing for Soil Health (1.02 MB)

This workshop for cattle operations is sponsored by Coosa River SWCD in Cartersville, GA on Feb. 16th at 6PM.  

Beef Cattle 101 Workshop Series (636.94 KB)

Lamar County SWCD presents an innovative cattle workshop designed for beginning and small farmers interested in farming operations and optimal farming techniques. Workshop series begins on Jan. 31, 2023.

Feral swine causing significant damage in GA (308.03 KB)

The economic impact of damage caused by feral swine in Georgia is estimated at over $150 million.  Many Soil & Water Conservation Districts in Georgia have traps available for rent to those in their areas experiencing feral hog damage.

Broad River SWCD Honors Banks County FFA Teams for Win at National Convention (356.65 KB)

 

2022 Events

Governor Kemp Speaks at Ga Farm Bureau Annual Conference (240.25 KB)

On Monday, December 6, GSWCC Employees, GFB Members, and others heard from Governor Brian Kemp at the GFB Annual Conference held on Jekyll Island.

GSWCC attends the Georgia Farm Bureau’s 85th Annual Convention (1.27 MB)

The GFB Annual Convention was held December 4-6 at Jekyll Island.

Upper Chattahoochee River SWCD Annual Meeting (980.05 KB)

The Upper Chattahoochee River Soil and Water Conservation District honored their Affiliate Members, Farm Families of the Year, District Supervisors and Ladies Auxiliary during their annual meeting, Thursday, November 10th.

Grant Winners Announced (44.53 KB)

Oconee River Soil and Water Conservation District announces winners of grant for local educators.

Lincoln County SWCD Awards Local Poster Contest Winners (1.46 MB)

The students were recognized and presented certificates & cash awards at the District’s Annual Banquet held on November 3. These students’ submissions will now move on to the state poster contest.

Lincoln County SWCD Honors Local Educators  (1.29 MB)

At the Nov 3rd annual banquet the district honored their community partners and local educators.

Georgia National Fair 2022 (98.42 KB)

GSWCC was proud to be a part of spreading the importance of conservation and agriculture at the Perry Fair.

44th Annual Sunbelt Ag Expo (85.88 KB)

GSWCC was a proud participant in the 44th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, GA!

Gwinnett County Schools Career Fair (603.53 KB)

On October 15, the Gwinnett SWCD partnered with NRCS, UGA Extension, Feed Gwinnett and Sanders Wildlife at the Gwinnett County Schools Career Fair. The fair was held at Discovery High School and was a huge success with over 400 people in attendance.

Oconee River SWCD holds Annual Affiliate Member Banquet (670.75 KB)

Oconee River Soil and Water Conservation District recently held their annual affiliate member banquet at the Hostess House in Winder, GA. The District recognized Kristin Davis & Todd Whitaker as the District Farmers of the Year. Also receiving recognition was Carol Boss (NRCS, retired) for her work with the district over the past 33 years.

Environmental Project Grants  (707.12 KB)

Oconee River SWCD accepted proposals for environmental projects within your school system. The grant was available to educators in both public & private schools in Barrow, Clarke, Jackson and Oconee Counties. Applications were due by October 31, 2022. 

Hall County SWCD Annual Banquet  (471.92 KB)

Hall County SWCD held their 2022 Annual Banquet at the North Hall County Recreation Facility on October 3.  The keynote speaker was former Governor Nathan Deal.

Dekalb SWCD GoGreen event - October 15th  (150.71 KB)

Dekalb SWCD invited the local community to attend GoGreen community environmental event on October 15th to raise awareness and appreciation of sustainability within our communities.

Gwinnett SWCD and Silt Saver Webinar  (753.37 KB)

Gwinnett SWCD held a Silt Saver Webinar on October 13 that reviewed silt fencing products, answers questions, and provided 1 hour of professional training credit.

Gwinnett SWCD Provides Funding For Gwinnett Urban Farming Experience  (160.89 KB)

Check out the great stories and video!

GSWCC assist at Rabun County Schools Ag Day - Aug 29th  (1.18 MB)

Students participate in the Georgia Pollinator Census  (801.05 KB)

Oglethorpe County Middle School students use school pollinator garden to participate in the Georgia Pollinator Census. The school’s newest pollinator garden was made possible by the Broad River SWCD and GACD.

Lincoln County SWCD Announced Annual Poster Contest  (336.77 KB)

Posters needed to be submitted to the District by October 1, 2022.

Walton County SWCD holds Farmland Protection Workshop  (622.37 KB)

On August 9 the Walton County SWCD held a Farmland Protection Workshop at the William Harris Homestead in Monroe. Over 40 interested land owners attended the workshop where they listened to speakers from the Conservation Fund, American Land Trust, and the Oconee River & Athens Land Trust organizations.

Pasture Soil Health Workshop

On July 29 GSWCC employees and District Supervisors from Broad River and Lincoln County SWCD’s attended a Pasture Soil Health Workshop on Smith Farm in Wilkes County. The workshop was held by NRCS and led by Wilkes County District Conservationist Kelli Coleman.

GFB Young Farmer & Ranchers Conference  (573.72 KB)

On July 15 at Jekyll Island GA GSWCC staff members, Michelle Boone, Jennifer Standridge and Robert Amos recently led a children’s program at the Georgia Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers & Ranchers Conference.

Sponsorship for Georgia Envirothon State Championship team

The Brier Creek and Piedmont Soil & Water Conservation Districts sponsored the Georgia Envirothon State Championship team at the National Competition in Ohio.  Davidson High School from Augusta will traveled to Ohio to compete at the National Envirothon Competition in July 2022.

Level 1A Renewal Course in Valdosta, GA (1.89 MB)

The Alapaha Soil and Water Conservation District hosted a Level 1A Renewal Course on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm at Southern Georgia Regional Commission Building, 1937 Carlton Adams Drive, Valdosta, GA 31601.

Workshop on Agribility and drone use  (379.78 KB)

On June 11th, the Upper Chattahoochee River Soil & Water Conservation District partnered with the Chestatee Chattahoochee RC&D Council and White County Extension to hold a workshop at Satterfield Farms in White County. Update on Agribility, using drones on a farm and more.

Field day in Cleveland, GA - June 11

Upper Chattahoochee River SWCD hosted a field day on June 11, 2022 in Cleveland, GA.  Topics included Pasture Management, Drone Mapping, Firewise on the Farm and more.

Altamaha District Feral Swine Workshop & Trapping demo

Event was on June 9th, 2022 at Billy Walker Agriculture Center, 901 GA-206, Douglas, GA 31533.

Learn and Burn Workshop - Feb 26, 2022 (8am-4pm)

At North Georgia Technical College, Clarkesville, GA hosted by Chestatee/Chattahoochee RC&D Council, Inc.  For Landowners interested in prescribed fire, no experience necessary!  Registration closes Feb 18, 2022.

Wrens, Georgia Town Hall Meeting - Feb. 23, 2022 at 10 a.m

Update On Reduction of Fecal Pollution in Brushy Creek Watershed at Peggy’s Restaurant, 101 North Main Street, Wrens GA. 30833.

Tree seedlings at no cost - Friday, Feb 18, 2022

The Clayton County Conservation District will be hosted their annual tree giveaway Friday, February 18, 2022 to celebrate Georgia Arbor Day. Tree seedlings were provided at no cost to the local community.

State 2021 Conservationist of the Year

Robbie Faust owner of Bellflower Farms located in Dawson, Georgia has been named the 2021 Conservationist of the Year by the Georgia Association of Conservation Districts (GACD) for his outstanding contributions to natural resource conservation.

Walton County SWCD names Six Figs Farm as 2021 Conservationist of the Year

Six Figs Farm is located near Good Hope and owned by Mikkel and Sunday Antonison. The organic farm uses regenerative agriculture practices to grow figs, elderberries, and asparagus. They also raise ducks, chickens, and honey bees.

No-Till Drill Rental Program

If you farm in Burke, Glascock, Jefferson, Jenkins and Richmond County then contact Donna at NRCS (706-558-4307) to learn about Brier Creek SWCD rental program.

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