The Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) and Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts (ATSWCD) recently hosted the 78th Annual Meeting of Texas Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Directors. The meeting was held at the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth on Oct. 29-31, 2018.
With over 600 people in attendance, the meeting provided SWCD Directors, employees, and conservation partners from across the state the opportunity to address a wide variety of agricultural and conservation issues in Texas as well as learning opportunities.
During the three-day event, a variety of committee meetings were held to discuss issues and highlight important areas to target during the upcoming year. Anne Idsal, EPA Region 6 Administrator, addressed the group during the general session as the keynote speaker.
During the general session the spouse’s auxiliary held a business meeting and participated in a tour of the Fort Worth Japanese Garden.
The 2018 Conservation Award Winners were recognized during the Awards Luncheon.
Workshops were held on Tuesday afternoon covering topics ranging from eminent domain, wild pigs, pasture management, climate, policy initiatives, conservation efforts and soil health. Attendees take back the knowledge and new innovative practices to implement on their operations.
On Wednesday, participants took part in a conservation tour at the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards. The legendary tour explored Texas’ rich history from the days of Indians, through the trail-drive era and to the coming of the rail road.