NB_190_21_8 - NB 190-21-8 ECS - 76th Soil and Water Conservation Society International Annual Conference
NB 190-21-8 ECS - 76th Soil and Water Conservation Society International Annual Conference
National Bulletin: 190-21-8   Date: January 25, 2021  
Subject: ECS - 76th Soil and Water Conservation Society International Annual Conference 


Action Required By:   February 17, 2021 
 
Purpose.  Call for abstracts and to begin gathering attendees for the virtual 76th Soil and Water Conservation Society International Annual Conference, "One World, Connected through Conservation," July 26-28, 2021.     
 
Expiration Date.   September 30, 2021   
 
Background.   The 76th Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) International Annual Conference will be virtual. It provides a forum for learning about the latest conservation research and practice, enhancing professional relationships, and contributing to solutions to difficult conservation challenges. The conference provides state-of -the-art training information exchange, technology transfer in all disciplines related to NRCS work, and supports USDA's scientific integrity policy. This year's conference theme offers unique opportunities to showcase cutting-edge research and practice developments in soil health, water quality, and resource management through the usual eight general conservation topic areas and four special topic areas of live demos or virtual tours and field days, adapting landscapes to climate change, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, and local implementation initiatives that are part of larger-scale planning.    
 
Explanation.   NHQ will pay the registration fees directly to SWCS for up to 500 field and area office employees.  

 

NHQ will pay the registration fees directly to SWCS for up to 500 field and area office employees.

Approval will be given to 1) individuals whose presentation has been accepted and 2) on a first come first served basis for all other field and area office employees to attend the virtual SWCS International Annual Conference to-

  • Interact with leaders in the profession and learn about professional trends

  • Participate in the policy dialogue on soil and water resource and environmental issues

  • Learn about the latest trends and techniques being applied

  • Participate in the cutting-edge activities of technical committees

  • Learn about the projects being undertaken by agency representatives

  • Showcase NRCS's presence in the profession and marketplace

  • Meet top students, collaborators, and a highly qualified pool of potential employees.

Submit your presentation abstract by February 17, 2021. Visit www.swcs.org/21AC for details. Begin identifying employees to participate in the conference and consider the following factors:

  • Diversity

  • Skill level and how the employee will benefit

  • Identified training needs and how they can be addressed.

Details regarding the registration process will be sent out by early May.

 
Contact.   If you have any questions, please contact Shaun McKinney at 503-545-7108 or via email at shaun.mckinney@usda.gov.      
 
 

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DIANE GELBURD
Deputy Chief, Science and Technology
      
 
  
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