What Does a Soil & Water Conservation District Do?

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 is Election Day. Are you ready to vote for your candidate(s) on the local Blue Ridge Soil & Water Conservation District Board?

If you have wondered what is a Soil & Water Conservation District and what do they do, click on the following link and find out:

https://www.roanoke.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-what-do-soil-and-water-boards-do-and-why/article_51adeded-3b9e-5e29-8a5c-cd23c1ac74c3.html

Jamison Inducted to Conservation Hall of Fame

Mechanicsville, VA, August 12, 2019.  Daphne Jamison, a recognized leader in conservation for over 35 years, was inducted into the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD’s) Southeast Region Conservation Hall of Fame at a luncheon in Gatlinburg, Tennessee on Aug. 5th during the NACD Southeast Region Meeting. The Hall of Fame honors distinguished conservationists whose careers have resulted in the wise use of our nations precious natural resources upon which we all depend. Jamison was nominated for the honor by the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (VASWCD) for her significant contribution to soil and water conservation.

Daphne W. Jamison

VASWCD President Chip Jones stated that “Someone who practices what he or she preaches is someone that is well-suited to become a great leader, and Daphne is an example of someone who works hard in and out of the workplace, not for fame and recognition but because she wants to and that’s who she is.”

A graduate of Radford College, Daphne spent 33 years teaching science in Roanoke County Public Schools. However, retirement hasn’t slowed down Daphne in the slightest. Daphne has served the Blue Ridge Soil & Water Conservation District (BRSWCD) for three decades and has been re-elected repeatedly as a Director. She has worked extensively with the VASWCD and served as President in 2001 and 2002.

Daphne has donated countless hours of energy and expertise towards the promotion of soil and water conservation work on a watershed basis, in addition to securing funds for non-point source pollution programs across Virginia. She was appointed by Governor Tim Kaine to serve on the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board and has worked closely with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). In 2013, she received the Bobby Wilkinson Award, the highest honor a SWCD Director can be awarded. Even in her downtime, Daphne has been an active member in her community, volunteering to monitor water quality for over 30 years alongside Ferrum College and the Smith Mountain Lake Association.

Executive Director Kendall Tyree commented that “Daphne is deserving of more than just this award, because her dedication and enthusiasm for conservation is contagious to everyone she encounters. Her contributions to the advancement of conservation have been impactful across the Commonwealth. We are grateful for her dedication and commitment and are proud to have nominated her for this recognition.”

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The Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (VASWCD) is the non-profit organization that represents Virginia’s 47 conservation districts and about 680 men and women who serve on their staffs and governing boards.  For more than 70 years, conservation districts have worked with cooperating land users and local jurisdictions to help them plan and apply effective conservation practices.  For more information about VASWCD, visit: www.vaswcd.org.

Farm Transition and Financial Planning Workshop for Agricultural Producers New Workshop Added to list!!!

This workshop was sponsored in part by funding from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which was generated by revenue from the Virginia Agriculture license plate.

Farm Appraisal Workshop

Join VCE and guest speakers for a series of educational workshops to better help the agricultural producer transition into the Future! Find out how appraisals work for Ag land.

Tues. August 6th

 Farm Appraisal Workshop

Location: Franklin Center — 50 Claiborne Ave., Rocky Mount, VA 24151

Begins at 6 PM

Cost per person $10 (covers all programs)

Light Meal included at each program

CALL 540-483-5161


Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Interim Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.  If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Franklin County at (540) 483-5161 during business hours of  8 a.m. and  5 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event. *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.

Farm Transition & Financial Planning Workshop for Agricultural Producers

This workshop was sponsored in part by funding from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which was generated by revenue from the Virginia Agriculture license plate.

Quick Books Workshop

Join VCE and guest speakers for a series of educational workshops to better help the agricultural producer transition into the Future!

Mon. July 29th— Quick Books Workshop

Location:  Franklin Center – 50 Claiborne Avenue Rocky Mount, VA 24151

Begins at 6 PM

Cost per person $10 (covers all programs)

Light Meal included at each program

CALL 540-483-5161

Franklin Center

Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Interim Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.  If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Franklin County at (540) 483-5161 during business hours of  8 a.m. and  5 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event. *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.

Best Management Practice Applications Now Being Accepted For 2019-2020

Best Management Practice Applications Now Being Accepted For 2019-2020 The Blue Ridge Soil & Water Conservation District located at 1297 State Street, Rocky Mount, VA is currently accepting applications for assistance with installation of agricultural best management practices that are designed to conserve soil and protect water quality. July 1, 2019 began our new fiscal year and agriculture producers who are considering signing up for assistance this year are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. Since funding is limited, all practices must be approved prior to implementation and are subject to prioritized ranking for approval. 2019-2020 Cost-Share applications will be accepted July 02, 2019 through close of business on Friday, September 6th 2019. If cost-share is still available after this first sign-up round, a second sign-up round of cost-share may be offered at a later date. The following is a list of some of the practices available for cost share, however, it is not an exhaustive list. • Reforestation of Erodible Crop Land & Pasture Land • Grazing Land Protection (stream exclusion, water fountains, well, pipeline and fencing) • Harvestable Cover Crop • Non-Harvestable Cover Crop • Continuous No-Till • Animal Waste Control Facility • Nutrient management Plan Writing • Split Application of Nitrogen on Corn using Pre-Sidedress Nitrate Test • Late Winter Split Application of Nitrogen on Small Grains • Riparian Vegetative or Forested Buffers For more information regarding water quality and erosion control best management practices, please contact Michael Tabor (Senior Conservation Specialist) at (540) 483-5341 ext. 122.

Get your Well, Spring, or Cistern Water Tested

Learn about your water quality through affordable, confidential testing and become empowered to make decisions about system maintenance and water treatment!

The goal of the Virginia Household Water Quality Program is to improve the water quality and health of Virginians with private water supplies, including wells, springs and cisterns. $60 Water test includes the following:  Iron, Sodium, Fluoride, Coliform Bacteria, Manganese, Copper, pH, E. coli bacteria, Sulfate, Nitrate, Total Dissolved Solids, Lead, Harness and Arsenic.  For more information contact Cynthia Martel; cmartel@vt.edu; (540) 483-5161.

District Director Elections: Nominating Petitions

Qualifying to be on the ballot: The Virginia Department of Elections is the official source of the forms that must be completed by individuals that wish to qualify to have their name appear on the ballot as a candidate for the office of District director. The requisite forms are available on their website at http://elections.virginia.gov and at your local general registrar office. A Candidate Bulletin for Local and Constitutional Offices outlining candidacy requirements is also available on the Department of Elections website.

Prospective candidate for the office of District director. The requisite forms are available on their website at http://elections.virginia.gov and at your local general registrar office. A Candidate Bulletin for Local and Constitutional Offices outlining candidacy requirements is also available on the Department of Elections website. Prospective candidates must complete the required forms and file them with their local general registrar (within the county or city where the candidate resides) by 7:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday in June (in 2019, this will be June 11). If the individual satisfies all filing requirements, their name will appear on the ballot for the November 5, 2019 general election.