NACD Annual Meeting

February 1, 2015
NACD Kicks Off Annual Meeting in New Orleans
The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) kicked off its Annual Meeting today in New Orleans, Louisiana. The NACD Annual Meeting, February 1-4, brings together conservation leaders from across the nation for educational sessions, workshops and networking. Read the full press release here.

Monday’s keynote speakers will include: USDA Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden; Lt. Governor of Louisiana Jay Dardenne; and Commander for the Mississippi Valley Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Major General Michael Wehr. Tuesday’s General Session will focus on the past, present and future of conservation with former USDA NRCS Chief Dave White discussing the history of districts and the conservation movement; panelists representing the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Environmental Protection Agency, Forest Service, Department of Defense, and Fish and Wildlife Service giving an update on current conservation efforts nationwide; and USDA NRCS Chief Jason Weller providing an outlook on the future of conservation in America.

During Tuesday’s Board of Directors meeting, elections will be held for the 2015 NACD Officer team.

This year, NACD in partnership with USDA NRCS will be hosting its first ever student program, bringing in Gulf Coast area college and university students to attend general sessions and a special student career workshop, where they’ll hear firsthand from local conservation districts, national and state partners, and private sector leaders on careers in conservation.

The week ahead: The Conservation Expo Hall opens tomorrow, Monday, February 2. Tomorrow also features the Share Fair and a full day of breakout sessions.

Kick-Off Event at Mardi Gras World
The 2015 NACD Annual meeting was kicked off with close to 200 people visiting Mardi Gras World. Participants were able to view floats lined up for a Mardi Gras parade that will be held soon. A movie highlighted the history of Mardi Gras and the parades.

All enjoyed king cake with a beautiful view of the Mississippi River. The evening ended with costumes and photos next to the beautiful Mardi Gras creations. The NACD Auxiliary hosted the event and money raised go toward the prize for the NACD poster and photo contest.

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