2014 SWCD Annual Report…Read here 2014 Annual Report
The next Stanly SWCD Regular Board Meeting will be November 12, 2014 at 7:00 am at Long Creek Farms in New London, NC. Meetings are open to the public. This temporary location is due to the recent closing of Judy’s Restaurant in Albemarle. We are seeking a permanent site for Board meetings and will post that info here as soon as possible. Announcements are also posted at the Soil and Water office.
New Soil Sample Result Procedure
The NCDA&CS published a press release on June 6, 2014 urging users to submit soil sample information online. Read more here… Online Soil Sample Results
Beat the Rush!
Get your soil sample in early to avoid testing fees! More details…Peak Season Soil Fee
Puddles, ponds, ditches, ephemerals (land that looks like a small stream during heavy rain but isn’t wet most of the time) and isolated wetlands dot the nation’s farmland. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) on March 25 issued a proposed rule that would expand its regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act (CWA) to these types of land features and waters, giving the agencies the power to dictate land-use decisions and farming practices in or near them.
The Rule will make it more difficult to farm or change a farming operation to remain competitive and profitable.
You have the opportunity to voice your concerns. Comment on the Rule at ncfb.org by October 20, 2014.
It’s Contest Time for Stanly County students!!
Once again this year, Stanly Soil and Water is sponsoring a Poster Contest for all fifth grade students in Stanly County and a PowerPoint contest for all sixth graders. Also for sixth graders is an essay contest. Seventh and eighth graders have the opportunity to compete in a public speaking contest! This year’s theme is “Wetlands are Wonderful”. See our flyer Contest Time 2014 for details.
South Stanly Senior attends Resource Conservation Workshop
Nathan Moose was chosen to attend the Resource Conservation Workshop which was held July 22-27, 2014. Nathan is a rising senior at South Stanly High School. He is the son of Howard and Sonya Moose. His plan is to major in some field of agriculture. This was a perfect opportunity for him to explore possibilities in all areas of natural resource studies.
The RCW is a unique opportunity for a week of intensive study and hands-on conservation activities. Students are required to submit an application and are chosen for participation by the Stanly SWCD Board of Supervisors. Rising high school juniors and seniors are eligible to apply. Students are housed in NC State University campus dormitories under the guidance of live-in counselors. The primary objective of the workshop is to learn about natural resources and their management in today’s environment. The District provides sponsorship which pays for registration, lodging, food and travel.
The practice of turning the soil before planting a new crop leads to soil erosion and farmland degradation. No-till planting reduces erosion and promotes soil health. Stanly SWCD’s Truax 88 No-Till-Drill is designed with three seed boxes that allow for planting regular grass seed, fluffy seeds and clovers. It’s perfect for seeding and reseeding fields and pastures. The District rents the drill for $10 per acre in Stanly County and $12 per acre for out of county use. There is a $50 minimum charge in county. Call the SWCD office at 704-986-3059 for more information.
The Fork Farm & Stables, Stanly SWCD Conservation Farm Family 2014, took first place in both the Area and Regional competitions. Congratulations!
Middle School Team competes in Southern Piedmont Envirothon
This five member team, Creation Explorers, placed fifth in the Southern Piedmont Envirothon (SPE) on April 1st, securing a place in the State Envirothon. The SPE is sponsored by the NC Division of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. A total of 19 teams competed in testing in the areas of aquatics, forestry, soil, wildlife and current environmental issues. The team was formed from the Stanly County Homeschool C0-Op Science Study Group. Members of the team are (L-R): Thomas Maness, son of Dana Maness and Johanna Drye; Lexie Burns, daughter of Tim and Susanne Burns; Rylee Carrick, daughter of Robert and Mandy Eudy; Amelia Martin, daughter of Ward and Felicia Martin; and Dayli Williams, daughter of Scott and Luanne Williams.
2013 No-Till Corn Yield Winner
Sunnybrook Farms also placed Second in the Southern Piedmont Dryland/Non-Irrigated Division. It will also be Second Place for the Tri-County Corn Yield Contest. Butch Brooks/Sunnybrook Farms was also recognized as a 225 bushel club member for the state. All of these awards and recognitions were given by the NC Corn Producers Association.