Current Newsletter - September 2018

Training Calendar

Please visit our website for more training opportunities: http://www.wactd.org/training.

Opportunity to Comment on Revised NRCS Standards

NRCS has posted a series of revised conservation practice standards to the Federal Register for public review and comment.

The notice is posted at the following web address: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=NRCS_FRDOC_0001-0255.

The revised standards include:

  • Combustion System Improvement (Code 372)
  • Dust Control on Unpaved Roads and Surfaces (Code 373)
  • Integrated Pest Management (Code 595)
  • Nutrient Management (Code 590)
  • Pesticide Mitigation (Code 594)
  • Subsurface Drain (Code 606)
  • Waste Facility Closure (Code 360)
  • Wildlife Habitat Planting (Code 420)

The Federal Register notice has a brief description of the changes. The deadline for submitting comments is September 24, 2018.

The web page with the draft standards has been updated and contains the correct revised standards. http://go.usa.gov/TXye

American Farmland Trust: Farms Under Threat

A new report from American Farmland Trust describes the alarming rate at which new development occurs on agricultural land. There are some startling statistics:

  • 175 acres of farm and ranch land are lost every hour in the U.S. to sprawl and development
  • 57% of America's farmers are 55 or older and likely to retire in the next two decades

Read more...

Checklists Can Help!

Over the years, conservation work has become more complicated and has more requirements, as do many other professions. Checklists are increasingly showing up in our daily lives; at the car dealership, the doctors office, vehicle inspections, and elsewhere. Checklists are now commonplace to help insure that a job is done efficiently and completely. Check out this planning checklist example from Benton Conservation District; use it directly or use it to develop or modify your own conservation practice checklists. (Note that this fence checklist version has not yet been updated to reflect the new CPDS). If you have a great checklist to share, or just have a comment or suggestion, please let us know.

S&T Training Library

Don't miss out on all of the great training webinars available through the Science and Technology Training Library!

With an extensive library of recorded webinars and new live webinars offered weekly, the S & T Training Library is stocked with awesome training opportunities.

Check out their home page at: http://www.conservationwebinars.net/ .

Click on the 'On-Demand Webinars' tab to search recorded webinars by category, continuing education credits, or delivery format. The 'Calendar' tab conveniently lays out upcoming live webinars. And don't forget to subscribe to get notification of relevant upcoming webinars.

AgLearn Update & Reminder

If you've tried recently to login to AgLearn and received an error message, there's good reason! NRCS is working on an update to the system, and AgLearn will be offline for several weeks during the transition. Look for the new AgLearn platform to be up and running mid-September.

In the meantime, check that your AgLearn log-in calendar reminder is set for at least once a month. If you are updating to Windows 10, take note that there have been some issues with AgLearn and Windows 10 that requires more frequent log-ins -- every 20 days -- to keep your account active. Regular logins are the best way to avoid issues with your AgLearn account!

Updated CTD Website

Have you noticed our new look on the CTD website? Some revisions are still underway, but we hope you'll find the new site more readable and easier to navigate.

If you have a great landscape photo from Washington and would like to see it featured on the CTD website, please send it via email to jan@ucdwa.org. (Please include your name, conservation district, and the location of the photo for credits.)

Questions, comments, or suggestions on the new site? Please let us know!

Restless Tillage Syndrome...

Does someone you know suffer from RTS?

Find out here!

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