A special Oklahoma NRCS display was created to provide more information
about the status of Oklahoma's flood prevention structures, including
rehabilitation and maintenance. Oklahoma's natural disasters of 2007
were highlighted, with information on emergency action plans.
Assistant State Conservationist for Operations Gary O'Neill presented
partnership awards to groups and individuals that made outstanding
conservation contributions in 2007.
NRCS has a new national display booth to go along with the new campaign,
"Conservation...Our Purpose. Our Passion." The booth is available
The Oklahoma RC&D Councils recently got a new display which they set up
at the trade show during the Oklahoma Association of Conservation
Ron Hilliard, Oklahoma State Conservationist for the USDA-NRCS, presents
Frank and Jean Austin with a framed print of their family on their farm
near Geary, Oklahoma. The Austins are featured in a national NRCS
Over 400 attended the opening session of the 70th Annual State Meeting
of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, at the Reed
Center in Midwest City, on February 25-27, 2008. The theme of the
meeting was, "Conservation College." Topics discussed during the meeting
focused on a wide variety of natural resource conservation issues
including legislation, upstream flood control dam rehabilitation and
water quality protection issues. A trade show and evening entertainment
were also enjoyed by all attendees.
At the Monday morning opening
session, the Honorable Gary Lumpkin, Presiding Judge of the Court of
Criminal Appeals, led all conservation district board members in a
reaffirmation of the Oath of Office. John Redding, president of the
National Association of Conservation Districts, explained a fundraising
drive to refurbish the NACD national headquarters in Washington, D.C.
At the Monday luncheon, Ron Hilliard, Oklahoma state conservationist
for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), presented
the new NRCS national campaign, entitled "Conservation...Our Purpose.
Our Passion." which included a short video. He then presented Frank and
June Austin with a framed photograph. The Austin family and their farm
were one of eight NRCS customers from across the nation featured in the
video. Frank recently retired from the Central North Canadian River
Conservation District board of directors.
Following that, State Treasurer Scott Meacham , gave an overview of
the state's fiscal status. Morning and afternoon breakout sessions
provided educational programs on flood control, water quality and
district management topics.
Hilliard addressed NRCS employees in a session on Monday afternoon,
discussing current issues, the new marketing campaign, and more.
Assistant State Conservationist for Operations , Gary O'Neill , gave a
report on the current budget situation and status of the Farm Bill.
Lanny Miller, assistant state conservationist for programs, fielded
questions about program information and upcoming issues.
Former Gov. George Nigh, gave a "commencement address" at the closing
luncheon on Tuesday.
The meeting gave conservation district directors and personnel from
across the state the opportunity to share their experience and knowledge
with colleagues during several breakout sessions and workshops held
during the three-day event. The three-day meeting included presentation
of awards honoring directors and personnel for service. Special awards
were presented to individuals who practice conservation on their farms