NEWS FROM NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CONSERVATION DISTRICTS: VAN DYKE OF NEW MEXICO ASSUMES NACD HELM

VAN DYKE OF NEW MEXICO ASSUMES NACD HELM DENVER, Feb. 3, 2017 – Brent Van Dyke, born and raised in Springer, New Mexico, was sworn in as the president of the National Association of Conservation Districts, one of America’s largest conservation groups, at the organization’s 71st Annual Meeting. The NACD Board of Directors elected Van Dyke to lead the member organization at NACD’s 2016 Annual Meeting. Van Dyke served one year as president-elect, and starting now, will serve two years as president. “Brent knows conservation – he comes from the farm and understands how important sustainable agriculture is to not only the American economy, but to people around the world,” NACD Immediate Past President Lee McDaniel said. “Brent also understands that our work as the ‘Voice of Conservation’ includes engaging with our more non-traditional urban and tribal partners. He sees the need to broaden NACD’s base and intends to continue the policies established in my tenure to that do just that,” McDaniel continued. Van Dyke and his wife Kim reside in Hobbs, New Mexico, where they run a commercial and registered cattle operation. The Van Dykes also raise irrigated alfalfa and coastal Bermuda hay in Lea County, New Mexico, and cotton in Plains, Texas. Prior to assuming the presidency, Van Dyke served as vice president of the New Mexico Association…

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2016 AACD AWARD WINNERS

Congratulations to the 2016 Alabama Association of Conservation Districts award winners! The following state winners for AACD awards and the “We All Need Trees” poster and essay contest were announced at area meetings from July through September. CONSERVATION EDUCATION DISTRICT OF THE YEAR: Area I Cullman County Conservation District OUTSTANDING WILDLIFE CONSERVATION AWARD: Area II Jimmy Jimmerson Cleburne County Conservation District CONSERVATION BUSINESS AWARD: Area I Glenn Lewis Madison County Conservation District CONSERVATION COMMUNICATIONS AWARD: Area III Elane Jones Walker County Conservation District OUTSTANDING ELECTED OFFICIAL: Area V Willie L. “Bill” Godwin, Jr. Covington County Conservation District “WE ALL NEED TREES” ESSAY CONTEST: (7-9) Area VI Lyndsey Cook Conecuh County Conservation District (10-12) Area III Ashleigh McCool Pickens County Conservation District POSTER CONTEST: (K-1) Area VI Abbie Holley Conecuh County Conservation District (2-3) Area V Melody Moore Covington County Conservation District (4-6) Area III Mazie Bowen Bibb County Conservation District (7-9) Area VI Casey Godwin Conecuh County Conservation District (10-12) Area VI Tabitha Shultz Conecuh County Conservation District TEACHER OF THE YEAR: Area V Scott Crosby Coffee County Conservation District

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