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Partnership Field Day A Big Success in Mobile County

By Joyce Nicholas, NRCS District Conservationist, Mobile/Washington Counties, Alabama

 


Mobile County SCT Marshall Colburn talks about programs at the Partnership Meeting.

Despite torrential rains, the Partnership Field Day was a real success!

In late March, we had a soggy start to a day that we all thought was going to be a complete wash-out.

Hey, but don’t you know...by 10:00 a.m., just in time for our program to begin, the skies begin to clear over to the west and the rain eased up, and the folks, well...they just kept on arriving.

The attendees came to learn about Federal and/or State Financial Assistance Programs available to private landowners. Over 60 participants listened as guest speakers gave informative presentations.

Working in the field with landowners is never an unusual occurrence for NRCS field personnelit is just part of our day-to-day activities.  We also have the need to meet with agency partners on-site for consultation about resource concerns or activities for particular landowners. However, when we converge in the middle of the forest to host a meeting about financial assistance programs we can offer a landowner, now that is NOT a common occurrence!

Information topics were presented by the Mobile and Washington Counties SWCD/NRCS, the Farm Service Agency (FSA), the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC), Alabama Agriculture and Industries, and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES). Representatives from the Alabama TREASURE Forestry Association were on the program to discuss local activities and to share information about Carbon Credits.

The landowners and host for the days event were James and Joan Malone with the Alabama TREASURE Forest Association.  Agency participants included Bennett Moseley from the Alabama Department of Natural Resources; Jim Todd, ACES; Lloyd Baggett, FSA Loan Manager; Ken Leslie and Jon Gunter from AFC; Alex Crawford and Kathy Steadman, FSA; Richard Wingard, Alabama Ag and Industries; and Darrell Driskell, Russell Hendrix, and Jerry Davidson from the Mobile and Washington County SWCD, and DC Joyce Nicholas and SCT Marshall Colburn from the NRCS Mobile Field Office. 

I love a good partnership and we have some great partners working to save our natural resources in south Alabama!

Meeting attendees listened as speakers talked about financial assistance programs.

This event was just another example of the great opportunities available to meet face-to-face with county’s producers and spread the good word about "Helping People Help the Land."