Conservation Teacher of the Year Award

 

Conservation Teacher of the Year Award recognizes a teacher who has been actively working to advance environmental and conservation education.

Procedure:

Submit a brief narrative describing the teacher’s qualifications for this award including a list of his or her conservation education activities or programs to the Anderson County Soil and Water Conservation District.  Candidates must be currently teaching K-12th grade in public or private schools in Anderson County.

Award:  Teacher will be awarded a certificate and $100.

Deadline:   March 29, 2019

Please contact Emily Stowe if you have any questions or need further information.

 

Conservationist of the Year Award

 

Conservationist of the Year Award recognizes a person or organization that has had a positive impact or has been a good steward of Anderson County’s natural resources.  This may include, but is not limited to; farmers, school groups, companies, industries, and civic organizations.

Procedure:

Submit a brief narrative describing the nominee’s qualifications and conservation related activities to the Anderson County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Award:  Winner will be awarded a certificate and $100.

Deadline:   March 29, 2019

Please contact Emily Stowe if you have any questions or need further information.

 

 

2019 Freddy Major Scholarship

 

 

Anderson Soil & Water Conservation District (ASWCD) has always strived to educate the citizens of Anderson County on the importance of preserving our natural resources.  We are proud to announce ASWCD will award a $1000 scholarship in memory of Mr. Freddy Major to one (1) Anderson County senior student.

Mr. Major served as a Commissioner on the ASWCD Board and dedicated most of his adult life to agricultural and conservation programs in Anderson County.

Applicants will be considered with emphasis on the following areas:

1.     Agricultural background and related activities

2.     Scholastic achievement

3.     Financial need

4.     Extra-curricular activities

 

Applications are due by March 29, 2019.

 

Applications will be available with your local Ag Leader and at the ASWCD office located at 1521 Pearman Dairy Road, Anderson, SC 29625.  Please contact Emily Stowe at the conservation district office at (864) 224-2126, ext. 8215 if you need any additional information on the scholarship. Previous recipients can not apply.

 

  2019 Don McPhail Scholarship

 

 

Anderson Soil & Water Conservation District (ASWCD) has always strived to educate the citizens of Anderson County on the importance of preserving our natural resources.  We are proud to announce ASWCD will award a $1000 scholarship in memory of Mr. Don McPhail to one (1) Anderson County senior student.

Mr. McPhail served as a Commissioner on the ASWCD Board and dedicated most of his adult life to agricultural and conservation programs in Anderson County.

Applicants will be considered with emphasis on the following areas:

1.     Agricultural background and related activities

2.     Scholastic achievement

3.     Financial need

4.     Extra-curricular activities

 

Applications are due by March 29, 2019.

 

Applications will be available with your local Ag Leader and at the ASWCD office located at 1521 Pearman Dairy Road, Anderson, SC 29625.  Please contact Emily Stowe at the conservation district office at (864) 224-2126, ext. 8215 if you need any additional information on the scholarship. Previous recipients can not apply.

2019 Anderson Soil & Water

Conservation District

Photo Contest



Theme: Soil is a dirty topic, but everyone needs to learn more about it! Soil is the foundation for many of the items we use in our daily life, such as food, clothing, clean water, homes and more. Healthy soil equals healthy food, which equals a healthy you. Don’t treat your soil like dirt! How does soil play a part in your life? 

Rules:

§  Open to any 9th – 12th grade student in Anderson County.

§  Photo must be the original work of the individual student.

§  Photo should be taken in Anderson County and the photographer must reside in Anderson County.

§  Each photo must contain the following information on a label on the back of the photo:       

-   Photographer’s name, address, and phone number

-   Photographers school name and grade level

-   Your photo is being submitted under what “Category: Subcategory”

-   Name of each person(s) in photo, if any

-   Address where the photo was taken

§  Color photos in 5” x 7” only must be submitted.  All photos submitted must be in hard copy and .jpg file form on CD or flash drive. Image files must have the first and last name of the person submitting it. Framed or matted photos will not be accepted.

§  Each participant may enter only one photo.

§  Photos will be judged on the following criteria: effectiveness of conveying theme, composition, and originality.

§  Photo becomes the property of Anderson Soil & Water Conservation District; they reserve the right to use all photos in their publications and for conservation promotion purposes (with credit line given). Participants should keep extra prints of their photos.

§  Any missing information not provided as listed above will be disqualified.

Award: 1st Place:              $75

2nd Place:             $50

3rd Place:              $25

Deadline:            Entries must be received by March 29, 2019 at the Anderson Soil & Water Conservation District Office.

              
                 2019 Anderson Soil & Water

Conservation District

Bulletin Board Contest

 



Rules:

The Bulletin Board Contest is open to any K-4th Grade class in Anderson County.  Bulletin board projects are a class effort and should include work of all students in the class.  School groups such as science clubs, environmental clubs, or other after school programs are welcome to compete.  There is no restriction on size of bulletin board. 

Topic:

Soil is a dirty topic, but everyone needs to learn more about it! Soil is the foundation for many of the items we use in our daily life, such as food, clothing, clean water, homes and more. Healthy soil equals healthy food, which equals a healthy you. Don’t treat your soil like dirt! 

Prizes:

One class winner will be selected, for and ice cream party, on a county-wide basis.  Multi-grade groups (i.e. science clubs, etc.) will be judged at the highest grade level represented by the group. 

Deadline:                   March 29, 2019

All participating schools should contact the Anderson Soil & Water Conservation District office by the March 15th to sign-up for a time to have their entries judged before the deadline.  Please contact Emily Stowe if you have any questions or need further information.

2019 Anderson Soil & Water

Conservation District

Essay Contest






Rules:

The Essay Contest is open to any 5th – 8th grade student in Anderson County.  Essays are the original work of the individual student and should be 500-750 words in length.  Essays may be typed or neatly handwritten on the front side only of the paper.  Only legible essays will be considered.  Each essay should have the provided cover letter attached to the front, students name should not appear on the essay itself.  Each teacher must select ONLY the three best essays in his/her class for judging.

Topic Guidelines: Soil is a dirty topic, but everyone needs to learn more about it! Soil is the foundation for many of the items we use in our daily life, such as food, clothing, clean water, homes and more. Healthy soil equals healthy food, which equals a healthy you. Don’t treat your soil like dirt! How does soil play a part in your life?

Prizes:

Winners from each grade level will be awarded certificates and monetary prizes.

Deadline:                   March 29, 2019

All essays should be received at the Anderson Soil & Water Conservation District office by the deadline.  Please contact Emily Stowe if you have any questions or need further information.

Come share your love of our South Carolina natural resources at the Barrels and Beer workshop. During this workshop, you will learn how to install your very own rain barrel in addition to painting it to your heart’s desire.
We will also have presentations from educators on the following topics: water conservation, natural resource protection, and why reducing the amount of pollution that makes it to surface water is important, not only for beer, but for your drinking water.
Proceeds from this event will go to the Anderson Soil and Water Conservation District “Conservationist of the Year " mini grant in Anderson County.
The ticket price includes the painted rain barrel you get to take home and one beverage of your choice.
If you have more questions please contact Kaleigh Sims: kcsims@g.clemson.edu or 770-778-3692
To Purchase Tickets :
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rain-barrels-beer-at-bauernhaus-tickets-53952929665?aff=ebdshpsearchautocomplete
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FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR COLD STORAGE COST SHARE PROGRAM


COLUMBIA – The South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) and the South Carolina Specialty Crop Growers Association announce the Cold Storage Cost Share Program, funded through the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant.

Through this program, farmers are eligible for a reimbursement of up to $750 for installing a Cool-Bot cooler system for the holding of specialty crops. This system can be used on an affordable walk-in cooler powered in conjunction with a standard air conditioning unit. The Cool-Bot system uses multiple sensors, a heating element, and a programmed micro-controller to direct the air conditioner’s compressor to cool the room to 36°, without ever freezing up.

Eligible farmers must meet and agree to the following criteria:
  • Must be a South Carolina farmer AND must grow specialty crops.
  • Attend a food safety workshop hosted by SCDA or Clemson Extension. Proof of attendance must be provided in application for reimbursement.
  • Sign an affidavit with SCDA to ensure cold storage unit will be used solely for the handling, holding, and distribution of specialty crops.
  • Provide primary source documentation for all expenditures related to installation of the cold storage technology unit.
  • Enable an on-site audit by key SCDA personnel to authenticate cold storage technology is being used solely for specialty crops.
  • Provide data, information, statistics and/or testimonials after six and twelve months of installation of the cold storage unit to SCDA for tracking project success.

While there isn’t a due date to apply for reimbursement, funds are limited. For more information, contact SCDA’s Emily Joyce at 803-734-2224 or ejoyce@scda.sc.gov.

 


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BANKS RECEIVES OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP AWARD

 

Michael W. Banks of Anderson, District Conservationist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, was recently named recipient of a ‘15 over 50’ Outstanding Leadership Award presented by the Anderson INDEPENDENT MAIL.

The INDEPENDENT MAIL recognized 15 individuals in the upstate area who are 50 years of age or older and who have experienced success in their professional careers, are active in philanthropic and community service organizations, and are helping shape young leaders of the future.

Banks, a native of Chester and a 1977 graduate of Clemson University with a BS degree in Agricultural Economics, has served as District Conservationist in Anderson County since 1994. He has been named the Outstanding District Conservationist in South Carolina twice by the State Office of the Natural Resources Conservation Service during this time. He has also received the Honorary State FFA Degree by the SC FFA Association.

A dynamic leader in conservation, Banks serves as the professional advisor to the Anderson Soil & Water Conservation District and to the land owners and users in Anderson County. He also serves as a member of Clemson University’s Advisory Committee on Soils and Sustainable Crop Systems and is a member of the Advisory Committee to the Anderson County Extension Service. He regularly assists agricultural educators with FFA soil judging competitions at the local, regional and state levels. A respected mentor to student trainees preparing for a career with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, he is a successful trainer of new conservationists employed by the agency.

Among his many long-term impacts in the community, Banks is widely recognized for his assistance to the Anderson Soil & Water Conservation District and Anderson County in the design, layout and construction aspects of the William A. Floyd Amphitheater. The outdoor facility is among the largest in South Carolina and can seat 15,000 people.

Banks was nominated for the ‘15 over 50’ Outstanding Leadership Award by John W. Parris of Columbia, retired Executive Director of the former SC Land Resources Commission, presently serving as director of the SC Agri-News Service.

 


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Soil Health Lessons in a Minute

There are two new video demonstrations featuring NRCS’ Ray “The Soil Guy” Archuleta and Jon Stika (NRCS North Dakota). These videos, titled "Have you discovered the cove?" and "How should healthy soils look?" are part of NRCS’ recently launched Soil Health Awareness and Education effort.

Soil Health Lesson in a Minute: Discover the Cover 

 

 

 Soil Health Lesson in a Minute: How Healthy Soil Should Look

 



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Feral Hogs and Agricultural Crops

 

Figure 1. Farmer in a millet field where feral hogs have caused problems. Photo courtesy of Jack Mayer.

Agricultural Crop Depredation

Feral hogs can cause very costly damage to almost any commercial crop. In the United States, this damage equates to millions of dollars in losses annually. Most damage is from feeding, chewing, trampling, or rooting by foraging hogs (Fig. 1). Some studies indicate the majority of damage in agriculture fields is from trampling, with only 5-10% due to actual consumption. Rooting around the base or root mat of trees or shrubs (e.g., apple trees) can undermine root systems and weaken trees.

Feral hogs will travel great distances to reach crops that have ripened or matured. They will feed on most life stages of an agricultural cropfrom seeds through mature plants. Feral hogs are known to root straight down a row of newly-planted corn field and consume the seeds, but most reported damage occurs when the crops are nearly mature. They will also feed on grains stored in wire-mesh silos or bins if hog-proof fencing was not erected.

 

Article courtesy of extension.org

 


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DNR Works in Partnership with PalmettoPride Anti-Littering Campaign

 

 

It doesn’t matter what you call it, trash, litter, debris, or junk – it’s dangerous to our safety, our wildlife, and our economy. That's why the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) proudly works with PalmettoPride anti-littering initiatives around the state.

PalmettoPride is a legislative initiative founded by Sen. David Thomas to fight litter and help beautify South Carolina. DNR appreciates the foresight and vision of Sen. Thomas in creating PalmettoPride in response to citizens’ concerns regarding the amount of litter in South Carolina. PalmettoPride has been on the front lines in the fight against litter for over 10 years.

One of the most effective tools to combat litter is the Litter Buster's Hotline. DNR received over 5000 phone calls in the first year of the program (2006) with many thousands reported since: 2007- 4819; 2008 – 5073; 2009 – 2992; 2010 – 3294; 2011 – 3173 and even 130 calls this January. Call 1-877-7-Litter the next time you see someone unlawfully discarding trash, litter or debris. The Litter Buster's Hotline rings directly into the DNR statewide radio dispatch headquarters in Columbia.

In addition to other initiatives aimed at littering, PalmettoPride also awards a series of grants to law enforcement around South Carolina. DNR Law Enforcement has benefited from these grants (nearly $10,000 for 2012) with night vision cameras and other equipment to assist in making littering cases.

The PalmettoPride non-profit 501(c) 3 organization is a true public/private partnership comprised of state agencies, concerned citizens, corporate sponsors, and community and civic organizations with the stated goal of encouraging “behavioral change” in our citizens about litter. Surveys suggest that over 80% of people who litter do so intentionally. Changing this intentional behavior isn’t going to happen overnight.