1Welcome to North Carolina!On behalf of the entire North Carolina Conservation Partnership, welcome to the 2016 SENACD regional meeting! It is our honor to host you for the next few days. We hope yourstay in Cherokee and participation in the meeting meets all of your expectations. Our goalis to make your stay both enjoyable and educational. If at any time we can be ofassistance, please don’t hesitate to stop by the registration desk or reach out to someonefrom the North Carolina partnership who has a red “North Carolina” ribbon attached tothe bottom of their name tag.We have a great meeting planned with excellent concurrent sessions, motivationalspeakers, and informative field trips as well as a number of fun activities to perk yourenthusiasm and enjoyment. Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort is an ideal venue for thismeeting as it offers a relaxed atmosphere, wonderful meeting facilities, and culturalactivities that you will enjoy.The theme for this 2016 meeting is “Visit The Past Imagine The Future.” As thehome of Dr. Hugh Hammond Bennett and the first conservation district in the nation,North Carolina has a rich heritage in soil and water conservation and during the welcomereception you will enjoy some of the relics from the early days of the modernconservation movement. The Cherokee Indians also have a storied past, and opportunitiesto learn about their heritage and culture will be provided throughout the conference. It isalways enjoyable to visit and learn from the past but we must have a vision for the future.During this meeting ask yourself: “What is my vision for my local soil and waterconservation district, for my state association, the southeast region, and the nationalorganization?” The program is designed to stimulate your thoughts, challenge you tothink outside the box, and offer ideas that you can take home to help build the capacity ofthe conservation program in your area.We know attendees at this year’s meeting are exceptionally passionate about soil andwater conservation. Let’s learn from each other and together we can do even more greatthings for the future of soil and water conservation. Let’s make this one of our bestmeetings yet!(left to right: Ben Knox, NCASWCD President; Franklin Williams, NC NACD BoardMember; Jeff Harris, NC NACD Alt. Board Member)
2Guest SpeakersJones LoflinJones Loflin has made it his life’s work to deliver powerful ideas andpractical solutions to individuals around the world so they can achievemore of what is most important to them. His books are described as“illuminating” and his presentations as “unforgettable.”In his 20 years as a speaker and trainer he has helped countless peopleregain confidence in their ability to achieve greater success in work andlife. Jones’ “3P Approach” of Powerful Ideas connected to PracticalSolutions delivered with a Personal Approach has attracted the attention oforganizations around the world. His client list includes Federal Express, Wal-Mart,Choice Hotels, Volkswagen, Bridgestone, Saudi Aramco and State Farm as well as theUnited States Navy and Air Force.Prior to becoming an internationally-recognized speaker, Jones was an educator. Jonesholds a BS and M.Ed. from North Carolina State University and is currently pursuing hisMBA. He is a member of the National Speaker’s Association as well as the Associationfor Training Development.Jones believes the key to success is being passionate about certain things in life,including family, spiritual beliefs, career and relationships. He is active in his communityand because of his commitment to improving the lives of others, Jones has beenpresented the Distinguished Service Award by the Charlotte Jaycees. When not workingwith some amazing individuals and organizations seeking better results, Jones resides inNorth Carolina with his wonderful wife, Lisa, and their two daughters.Steve TroxlerN.C. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler was raised in theGuilford County community of Browns Summit and has spent his entirecareer in agriculture as founder, owner and operator of Troxler Farms.Over the years, the family-owned farm has produced tobacco, wheat,vegetables and soybeans.Since taking office in 2005, Troxler has focused on developing newmarkets for N.C. farm products, preserving working farms and protecting the state’s foodsupply.Troxler is a past president of the National Association of State Departments ofAgriculture. He also is a former chairman of NASDA’s Food Regulation and Nutrition
3Committee and was honored with a 2015 NASDA award for his commitment to foodsafety. He served as president of the Southern Association of State Departments ofAgriculture in 2010-2011.He also serves on the boards of the N.C. Foundation for Soil and Water Conservation, theRural Economic Development Center and the N.C. Biotechnology Center. He is amember of numerous organizations, including the N.C. Tobacco Research Commissionand the Southern United States Trade Association.Troxler was recognized with a 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award from the N.C. StateUniversity College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and a Friend of the River Awardfrom the Land of Sky Regional Council. His support of agritourism and several majortourism projects in the state earned him the 2014 Public Service Award from the N.C.Travel Industry Association. Other recent awards include the 2013 Forest Conservationistof the Year Award from the N.C. Wildlife Federation, the 2012 Meritorious ServiceAward from the N.C. Soybean Producers Association, the 2011 Elliot O. Grosvenor FoodSafety Award from the Association of Food and Drug Officials, the DistinguishedService Award from the N.C. Agricultural Foundation, and a leadership award from theWestern North Carolina Livestock Center and WNC Communities.Troxler graduated from N.C. State University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science degreein conservation, with a concentration in environmental studies. He and his wife, Sharon,have two grown sons, two daughters-in-law and five grandchildren. In his spare time,Troxler enjoys restoring antique farm equipment and playing with his dog, Kate, aLabrador/golden retriever mix.
42016 NCASWCD OfficersPresident – J. Ben KnoxRowan SWCDFirst Vice President – Chris HoganOrange SWCDSecond Vice President – Dietrich KilpatrickCraven SWCDSecretary – Nancy CarterMecklenburg SWCDTreasurer – Bruce WhitfieldPerson SWCDAssistant Treasurer – Charles HughesLenoir SWCDNACD Board Member – Franklin WilliamsDuplin SWCDAlt. NACD Board Member – Jeff HarrisMartin SWCDChaplain – Willis OverbyStokes SWCDAsst. Chaplain – Marvin CavanaughStokes SWCD
5A special thank you to the following companies, groups and organizations for theirsupport of the 2016 Southeast National Association of Conservation Districts AnnualMeeting:United States Department of Agriculture -- Natural Resources Conservation ServiceNC Department of Agriculture and Consumer ServicesNC Farm Bureau FederationASC Agri SupplyHaywood Soil and Water Conservation DistrictCherokee Soil and Water Conservation DistrictDuplin Soil and Water Conservation District
62016 Southeast Annual MeetingNational Association of Soil and Water Conservation DistrictsJuly 31 – August 2, 2016Harrah’s Cherokee Casino ResortCherokee, NCSUNDAY, JULY 31, 201611:00 AM – 5:00 PMRegistration1:00 – 3:00 PMSE Region Board MeetingKevin Jefferies, PresidingHickory1:00-3:00 PMNASCA MeetingMark Gilbert, SE Director, PresidingOak3:15-5:00 PMConservation Partnership Round TableKevin Jefferies, FacilitatorAsh/Beech6:30 – 8:30 PMWelcome Reception and SocialBall Room Pre-functionEvent CenterPlease join us for a casual evening of fellowship to mingle with meeting attendees! Enjoya variety of hors d’oeuvres and beverages while you visit the “Got To Be NC”agriculture display provided by the NC Department of Agriculture and ConsumerServices. You can also explore the early days of the conservation movement at the Dr.Hugh Hammond Bennett booth and visit with local Cherokee artisans to learn moreabout the culture of the local area.And, if it is music you like, you will enjoy the toe-tapping sounds of Carolina “beachmusic” provided by Jeff Harris, North Carolina’s NACD alternate board member. In hisspare time, Jeff is an active member of The Association of Beach & Shag Club D.J.’s,where he enjoys playing classic beach music at public venues across the state. Beachmusic is one of North Carolina’s popular music genres, and Jeff will have you shaggingbefore the night is over!
7MONDAY, AUGUST 1, 20167:00 AM –5:00 PMREGISTRATION OPEN8:30 – 5:00 PMRESOURCE POLICY GROUP (RPG) MEETINGMike Beacom, Presiding8:30 AMGENERAL SESSIONBallroomFranklin Williams, NC NACD Board Member, PresidingBall Room Pre-functionAsh/BeechInvocation: Manly West, Immediate Past President, NCASWCDPresentation of Colors: American Legion Steve Youngdeer Post143, Cherokee, NCNational Anthem: Taran Swimmer, Miss Cherokee 2016Pledge of Allegiance: Led by Franklin WilliamsWelcome: Patrick Lambert, Chief, Eastern Band of CherokeeIndiansOpening Remarks: Steve Troxler, Commissioner, NC Dept. ofAgriculture and Consumer ServicesParade of StatesKeynote Address: “The Future Starts Today”Jones Loflin, HOPE, Inc.10:00 – 10:30AMBREAK10:30 – 11:30 AMGENERAL SESSION (con’t)Jeff Harris, Alternate NC NACD Board Member, PresidingNACD Update: Dick Went, Second Vice President, NACDKeynote Address: “How Foundations Can Build SWCD Capacity”Overview: Michelle Lovejoy, Executive DirectorSuccess Story: Don Butler, Board MemberPanel Discussion: Jimmy Gentry, Foundation President;Manly Wilder, Board Member; Don Butler, Board Member
8Panel Moderator: Julie Groce, Executive Director,NCASWCD11:30 – 11:45AMGEORGIA DISTRICT SHOWCASE“Advancing Conservation through Innovation and Partnership”Casey Cox, Executive Director, Flint River Soil and WaterConservation District12 NOON – 2:00 PM HALL OF FAME LUNCHEONEvent CenterFranklin Williams, NC NACD Board Member, Presiding2:30 – 4:00 PMCONCURRENT SESSIONSSESSION #1 Trends in AgricultureHickoryModerator:David Williams, deputy director, NC Division of Soil and WaterConservationSpeakers:Dr. Gary Roberson, associate professor and extension specialist,Biological and Agriculture Engineering, North Carolina StateUniversity, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Raleigh, NCDebbie Hamrick, director of specialty crops, NC Farm BureauFederation, Raleigh, NCUnmanned aircraft systems (UASs, aka “drones”) offer tremendous opportunities tofacilitate remote information gathering and small-scale aerial applications to benefitagriculture and conservation. Dr. Gary Roberson will discuss some of thegroundbreaking research and opportunities involving UASs, and he will describe somespecific applications of the technology for agriculture and conservation.In the second part of the session, Debbie Hamrick, will share important information ondrivers for change in agriculture. Ms. Hamrick’s very engaging presentation is sure tomake you think about things you’ve likely not considered and cause you to evaluate howyour district is aligned to serve clients in 2016 and beyond. She will also discuss specificopportunities for districts to assist producers to adapt to new requirements stemming fromthe Food Safety Modernization Act.
9SESSION # 2 Soil HealthOakModerator:Alan Walker, assistant state conservationist for field operations, NRCS,Waynesville, NCSpeakers:Russell Hedrick, NC NACD Soil Health Champion and CabarrusCounty (NC) farmerRachel Grantham, agronomist, Smithfield Foods, Inc., hog productiondivision, Clinton, NCRussell Hedrick, a first generation farmer from Hickory, NC, will share what he haslearned to produce an effective cover crop. Hedrick is one of North Carolina’s NACDSoil Health Champions and is very passionate and knowledgeable about cover cropsystems. He has assisted with numerous soil health workshops in the Carolinas. He willpresent the benefits of implementing conservation practices in no-till and cover cropping;regenerative farming with diverse rotations; the results of farm trial work on hisoperation; and how he plans to incorporate livestock back into his farming rotation tobring diversity into his pastures and soil profiles.Joining Hedrick will be Rachel Grantham, an agronomist with Smithfield Foods’ hogproduction division located in Clinton, NC. Grantham works with the company’s MBGrain Agronomics (MBGro) program, which provides producers a way to effectivelyanalyze the best practices to use for their grain operations. She will discuss different toolsin the program that promote effective nutrient management systems, conservation tillagepractices and cover cropping.She’ll also discuss how the company’s initiatives are helping to advance food supplychain sustainability with large retail customers. The projects she is working on arehelping Smithfield Foods to find innovative solutions that not only provide value in thefood supply chain, but better the environment.SESSION #3 Community Conservation and OutreachLocustModerator:Scott Sheffield, NC Moore Soil and Water Conservation Districtsupervisor and NCASWCD Community Conservation Committee ChairSpeakers:Erin Lineberger, resource conservation coordinator, Cabarrus SWCD(NC); M.S. Environmental Education – Montreat CollegeTerry J. Cosby, Ohio State conservationist, NRCS, Columbus, OH
10Erin Lineberger, resource conservation coordinator for Cabarrus SWCD in NorthCarolina, will discuss how to effectively work and communicate with diversecommunities and how this relates to meeting the needs of both urban and ruralpopulations. You’ll learn implications for practice from a research case study Linebergerconducted for her master’s thesis, which was based on the environmental views of theEastern Band of Cherokee Indians.In the second part of the session, Terry Cosby, Ohio State conservationist for NRCS,will share how the forward-thinking leaders of Cleveland, OH, changed their zoningordinance to promote urban agriculture before the current wide-spread urban agriculturemovement took off. This opened the door for residents to have access to USDA programsnever before provided in an urban setting. The Cleveland High Tunnel (CHT) projectstarted in 2012 as a pilot to provide a way for city residents -- many living in “fooddeserts” -- to grow their own food in a sustainable manner for the most of the year. Learnhow NRCS in Ohio started the CHT project that continues to grow in popularity everyyear.SESSION #4 The Benefits of Agricultural Water ManagementMapleModerator:Natalie Woolard, technical services section chief, NC Division of Soiland Water ConservationSpeakers:Jeff Harris, NC Martin Soil & Water Conservation District supervisor,Agri Drain Corp. sales executive and National Drainage Alliance liaisonBryan Evans, NC Pitt Soil & Water Conservation district director andNCDEA 2011 District Professional of the YearGiven the advancements in overall agricultural production, improved water managementis the next frontier to conquer if we’re to feed 9 billion people by the year 2050. Thissession will start with an introduction to North Carolina’s water management challengesfrom the mountains to the coast, followed by a tag team presentation on theproduction and water quality benefits of improved agricultural water management.Participants will learn about the latest research that reveals overall nitrogen reductionswhile increasing yields through surface and subsurface water management. Additionally,learn how one district is working with producers to retrofit tile systems with inlinestructures, better utilize water through agricultural water reuse/recapture systems, andimplement other conservation best management practices for controlled drainage watermanagement. A question and answer period will follow.
114:00 – 6:30 PMFree time for dinner on your own and exploring the area.6:45 – 9:00 PM“Unto These Hills” off-site outdoor drama. Ticket required andincluded in registration packet. Buses depart from the hotel MotorCoach Lounge 6:45 p.m.TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 20167:30 - 11:00 AMREGISTRATION OPENBall Room Pre-function7:30 - 8:30 AMPresidents’ BreakfastKevin Jeffries, PresidingAsh7:30 – 8:30 AMSE District Employees’ BreakfastRhonda Bryars, PresidingBeech9:00 – 10:15 AMGENERAL SESSIONBallroomBen Knox, NCASWCD President, PresidingInvocation: Manly West, Immediate Past President, NCASWCDVIRGINIA DISTRICT SHOWCASE“Breaking through the Buzz: Building Virginia SWCD Capacitythrough Collaboration Research and Programming”Dr. Kendall Tyree, Executive Director, Virginia Association ofSoil & Water Conservation DistrictsTENNESSEE DISTRICT SHOWCASE“A Partnership Approach to Permit Streamlining in Tennessee”Danny Sells, Consultant/Executive Director, TennesseeAssociation of Conservation DistrictsKeynote Presentation: “Nantahala and Pisgah National ForestsPlan Revisions”Allen Nicholas, Forest Supervisor for the National Forests in NorthCarolina10:15 – 10:45AMBREAK
1210:45 – 11:30 AMGENERAL SESSION (con’t)Keynote: “The Price of Greatness”Mike Brown, Executive Director, NASCA11:00 AM – 4:30 PM Tour #1 Downtown Waynesville – buses depart from the hotelMotor Coach Lounge promptly at 11:00 am. Enjoy an afternoon ofshopping in historic downtown Waynesville. Visit unique shopsand restaurants. Lunch on your own in Waynesville.12 NOON – 4:30 PM Buses for tour numbers 2-5 depart from the hotel from the MotorCoach Lounge promptly at noon. Lunch will be provided in routeto tour stops.Tour #2: Agriculture – emphasis on soil quality, animalfeed/waste structures, and rainfall simulator and drone demosTour #3: Forestry and Aquaculture – forestry practices (detailsare being finalized)Tour #4: Community Conservation and Education – emphasison rain gardens, cisterns, green parks, and mobile soils classroomsTour #5: Cherokee Cultural Tour – visit the Cherokee village,pioneer farm and Mingo Falls6:00- 9:00 PMNorth Carolina Night and SECDEA AuctionEvent CenterWe can’t end a meeting without going out in style – Bluegrass style, that is! Join us afinal time in the Event Center for food, beverages and dancing to the WhitewaterBluegrass Company. Enjoy another one of North Carolina’s famous musical genres witha band that celebrates the Appalachian mountain heritage with a blend of Bluegrassmusic, mountain swing, country ballads and humor. Some of the band’s musicians havecompleted projects with Bluegrass greats, such as Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin and RalphStanley. Wear your cowboy boots because you’ll get to enjoy “Uncle” Ted White, one ofthe premier square dance callers in the country!In between jam sessions, the SECDEA will have its auction, so bring deep pockets insupport of the organization. We look forward to seeing everyone there for a great time!
13WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3, 20168:00 AM – 5:00 PM RPG MEETINGMike Baucom, PresidingAsh/Beech
Rural Economic Development Center and the N.C. Biotechnology Center. He is a member of numerous organizations, including the N.C. Tobacco Research Commission and the Southern United States Trade Association. Troxler was recognized w