2015 Hillsdale County Resource Assessment
This is used to give the District and county direction for programming, and outreach in regards to addressing resource concerns.
2015 has been declared the International Year of Soils.
~ The next Pasture Walk with the Hillsdale County Grazing Group will be August 4th.
~ The next Ag Council Meeting will be August 6th.
~ The Branch County Fair is August 9-15th.
~ The Jackson County Fair is August 9-15th
~ The Calhoun County Fair is August 15-22nd.
~ The next Hillsdale Conservation District Board Meeting will be August 17th.
~ Lenawee County's Center for Excellence is August 19th.
~ The Steuben County Field Day - Conservation Cropping Systems: YOUR Choice, Not Theirs, is August 19th
~ The Branch/St. Joseph County MAEAP Farm Field Day will be August 26th
~ Breakfast on the Farm at Pleasant View Dairy will be August 29th.
~ The next Pasture Walk with the Hillsdale County Grazing Group will be September 1st
~ The next Ag Council Meeting will be September 3rd
~ National Wildlife Day is September 4th
~ The Fulton County Fair is September 4-10th
The Hillsdale Conservation District serves as the primary contact point for landowners seeking technical assistance to resolve resource issues. Grant funded programs include: Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program, local Hunter Access Program administration and technical assistance. The district also has conservation tree sales, equipment rentals ~ no-till drills, and sales of other conservation related items. The Conservation District sponsors and participates in several conservation education programs throughout the year as well as conservation based outreach events and projects.
As local, special purpose units of government, each Conservation District is governed by a locally elected, five-member board of directors. The guiding philosophy of Michigan Conservation Districts is that local people should make decisions on conservation issues at the local level, with technical assistance provided by government. The Conservation District is the local provider of natural resource management services that help our citizens conserve their lands and our environment for a cleaner, healthier, economically stronger Michigan. They assist in natural resource management for improved water quality, reduced soil erosion, farmland preservation, wetland preservation, wildlife habitat, clean air, energy conservation, and land beautification.
The Hillsdale Conservation District shares an office with and works collaboratively with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Farm Service Agency (FSA); both are branches the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The mission of the FSA is, equitably serving all farmers, ranchers, and agricultural partners through the delivery of effective, efficient agricultural programs for all Americans. NRCS is a conservation leader for all natural resources; ensuring private lands are conserved, restored, and more resilient to environmental challenges. Seventy percent of the land in the United States is privately owned, making stewardship by private landowners absolutely critical to the health of our Nation’s environment. NRCS works with landowners through conservation planning and assistance designed to benefit the Soil, Water, Air, Plants, and Animals that result in productive lands and healthy ecosystems.
The 2014 District Annual Report is available, it covers the accomplishments for the last year by the Hillsdale Conservation District.