Georgia Agencies Partner to Host Statewide Feral Swine Education Events

Feral swine have become increasingly detrimental in Georgia, causing significant damage to agricultural crops and natural resources throughout the state. The economic impact of damage caused by feral swine in Georgia last year is estimated at $150 million. A group of agricultural and natural resource organizations are partnering together to bring Georgia’s top experts on feral swine together in a series of educational workshops for farmers and landowners in November and December. The partnering agencies will host five workshops and trapping demonstrations throughout the state on the following dates:

  • Gainesville, GA – Friday, November 3
  • Calhoun, GA – Wednesday, November 8
  • Statesboro, GA – Monday, November 13
  • Albany, GA – Thursday, November 30
  • Berrien County – Friday, December 15

Topics will include disease issues, swine biology, economics, water quality issues, effective control techniques, transport issues, and regulations to be followed by a question and answer panel of experts. Each workshop will also include a feral swine trapping demonstration.

Partnering agencies for this effort include the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA Wildlife Services, Georgia Association of Conservation Districts, Georgia Department of Natural Resources - Wildlife Resources Division, Georgia Department of Agriculture, University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, and Georgia Farm Bureau.

Registration for each event will be available at https://gooutdoorsgeorgia.com/ on the “Events” section. There is no cost to attend the workshops, but space is limited. Pre-registration is required. More details are available at www.GACD.us/events.

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Georgia Conservation Leaders Converge in Macon

Georgia Conservation Leaders Converge in Macon

The Georgia Association of Conservation Districts (GACD) recently hosted A New Day for Georgia Conservation Districts, bringing together conservation district supervisors, conservation personnel, and conservation partners from across Georgia. The meeting served as both a kickoff meeting for a new initiative led by GACD and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) as well as District Supervisor Training.

Fulton County SWCD Selected for Urban Agriculture Conservation Grant

Fulton County SWCD Selected for Urban Agriculture Conservation Grant

The Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District is pleased to announce it has received a $50,000.00 grant from the National Association of Conservation Districts to convert underutilized power easements into urban farms within the City of Atlanta.  

Georgia High School Team Places in Top 10 in North American Envirothon Competition

Georgia High School Team Places in Top 10 in North American Envirothon Competition

The students representing Georgia attend Vantage Point Education High School, out of the Suwanee area.  This is the second year the VPE Varsity team has represented the state at this event.  Based on high marks in field and written tests, as well as their oral presentation focused on agricultural soil and water conservation stewardship and agrotourism, the team ranked 8th out of 54 teams from all over the U.S., Canada, and China.

GACD Announces Casey Cox as Executive Director

The Georgia Association of Conservation Districts (GACD) is pleased to announce Casey Cox has been named Executive Director.

GACD is a grassroots non-profit organization whose mission is to advocate for the conservation of Georgia’s natural resources by providing organization, leadership and a unified strategic direction to the 40 Soil and Water Conservation Districts of the State.

Casey, from Camilla, Georgia, joins GACD from the Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District, where she also serves as Executive Director. Casey will lead GACD’s projects, develop strategic partnerships, and support natural resource conservation efforts by working with local leaders across the state while serving as director for both organizations. 

This marks a new era for GACD. We look forward to building a strong network among our districts and significantly advancing conservation efforts with Casey at the helm.
— Woody Snell, President, GACD
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Casey Cox

Executive Director, GACD and Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District

Our relationship with conservation districts spans decades. We are excited to see what this new chapter in our partnership holds and look forward to working with Casey and the GACD leadership to achieve many more decades of success.”
— Terrance O. Rudolph, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist