The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) celebrated its 75th anniversary Sunday in Chicago, Illinois, where the association was founded in 1946.
The event featured remarks from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth, as well as a historical presentation from Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) Historian Joe Otto.
Vilsack said, “NACD and NRCS have forged an important bond that has helped to deliver conservation to millions of acres across our country, and over the years much has been done to reduce soil loss, to improve water conservation, and to advance the conservation of natural resources and wildlife across America’s working lands.”
Senator Duckworth said, “The work groups like NACD do with leaders in agriculture, conservation, environment, education and industry to promote responsible management and conservation of natural resources helps to make our country a better place.”
NACD President Michael Crowder said, “Although many things in our society have changed in the last 75 years, NACD is still leading with that foundational mentality all these years later: as the national voice for all conservation districts, supporting voluntary, incentive-driven natural resource conservation programs that benefit all citizens.”