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FYI—One pager on NACD Soil Health Program is at bottom of page!  We need more Champions from NM.


Debbie Hughes, Executive Director

New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts

Topic: Overview of how soil health practices can also benefit the insect/invertebrates that provide pest management services.


December 7 - 8: National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health, Indianapolis, IN

·         Join your fellow champions for an informal dinner on December 6, the night before the program starts. If you are interested in meeting up for dinner, please contact Beth Mason at or 317-946-4463.

·         Feel free to make NACD’s booth at the conference your “conference home base” or to stop by whenever you have time. We would love for you to also consider sharing your story from our booth with other attendees!


December 19; 1:00 pm Eastern: Soil Health Webinar

Presenter: Jeff Goodwin, Noble Research Institute

Topic: Soil Health in Rangeland and Perennial Pasture Systems


January 9 – 12: National No-Till Conference, Louisville, KY

·         Join your fellow champions for an informal dinner on January 10. If you are interested in meeting up for dinner, please contact Beth Mason at or 317-946-4463.


January 16; 2:00pm Eastern: Soil Health Webinar

Presenter: Xerces Society

Topic: Overview of the biology and habitat needs of soil invertebrates that are important for improving or maintaining soil health.


January 27 – 31: NACD Annual Meeting; Nashville, TN

·         Like last year, we’ll have some booth space set aside for the Soil Health Champions Network in the Expo Hall. Come and meet up with your peers and discuss the issues, challenges and successes in your operations and in your communities. Also chat with attendees who would like to know a bit more about your approach to soil health as an operator – someone who has “skin in the game!”

·         The NRCS RSET (Resource Stewardship Evaluation Tool) will be showcased at a booth next to the Soil Health Champions Network booths. Stop by and get a better understanding of the new tool as it beginning to pick up steam and roll out nationwide. Limited evaluations may be done onsite with your basic information provided!

·         Sunday, January 28 at 9:30 am Central Time, join the network members for a Soil Health Champions Coffee where introductions and connections are made with network members around morning coffee at the start of the conference.

·         Tuesday, January 30; Attend the Soil Health Research Breakout Session that afternoon. Datu Research Founder and CEO Marcy Lowe will share their findings in four case studies on the economics of implementing good soil health practices. The session also includes NACD Soil Health Champions Dan Diaz and Michael Willis who were also participants in the research. Hear about their experiences, lessons learned and next steps for them in their operation post-research.

·         Wednesday, January 31; Attend the Soil Health Symposium where we will discuss the foundation that is soil health, showcase the rollout of the NRCS tool RSET (Resource Stewardship Evaluation Tool), and discuss the future in conservation planning.

·         More info as it becomes available!


April 12, 2018; 1:00 pm Eastern: Soil Health Webinar

Speaker: Jim Johnson, Noble Research Institute

Topic: Grazing Lands and Soil Health

Beth Mason

National Association of Conservation Districts

PO Box 17186, Indianapolis, IN  46217 | P: 317-946-4463 |


NACD Headquarters

509 Capitol Court, NE, Washington, DC  20002 | P: 202-547-6223 | F: 202-547-6450





54 student teams representing the United States, Canada, and China put their skills to the test at the world’s largest high school-level natural resources education competition.

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2017 – A five-member team of high school students from Pennsylvania has been named the winner of the 2017 NCF-Envirothon, a leading environmental education program run by the National Conservation Foundation (NCF). The Hot Springs Scat Cats from Truth or Consequences, NM place third in the National competition and were awarded $5,000.  The top three scoring teams were awarded a total of $30,000 in cash prizes at an awards ceremony held at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, on Friday.

The 2017 NCF-Envirothon’s cash prizes were sponsored by Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer and processor. Other event sponsors included the National Association of Conservation Districts, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, and other organizations recognized here on the official NCF-Envirothon website.

This year, high schools from 45 states, seven Canadian provinces, and two Chinese provinces participated in the NCF-Envirothon at the state/provincial, regional, and international levels.

 “This year’s competitors blew the judges away with their advanced critical thinking skills and mastery of soils, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife, and agricultural soil and water conservation stewardship.” 

The top three teams from the 2017 NCF-Envirothon are:


High School




Pencrest High School

Media, Pennsylvania



The Mount Academy

Esopus, New York

New York


Hot Springs High School

Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

New Mexico


The hydrology group at New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources at NM Tech in Socorro would like to reach out to rural communities (Public and Private Supply) to participate in a Collaborative Groundwater Monitoring Network.  Their brochure is posted in a .jpg file at the bottom of this page.  For more information, please go to: or contact Aquifer Mapping Program Manager, Stacy Timmons, 575-835-6951 (

NMACD Admin,
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