NB_190_21_13 - NB 190-21-13 ECS –: 76th Soil and Water Conservation Society International Annual Conference
NB 190-21-13 ECS –: 76th Soil and Water Conservation Society International Annual Conference
National Bulletin: 190-21-13   Date: April 2, 2021 
Subject: ECS – : 76th Soil and Water Conservation Society International Annual Conference

Action Requested By:  April 30, 2021
Purpose.   To collect attendance information for the 76th Soil and Water Conservation Society International VIRTUAL 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.   Priority to attend the SWCS International Annual Conference will be given for up to 500 field and area office employees 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

All employees must identify one of following primary reasons to be approved to attend:

• Presenting a paper or poster, or making a presentation
• Conducting training
• Earning credits for professional development or continuing education
• Serving as an active member of a technical committee meeting at the annual meeting
• Receiving a major award

Employees may use the conference for earning continuing education requirements to maintain a license or certification including NRCS's certified conservation planner policy (Title 180, General Manual, Part 409, Subpart A, Section 409.9) if the need is documented in their individual development plan in AgLearn.

Each State will be allocated up to 9 NHQ-funded conference participants, and above States will be allocated 50 participants. An NRCS specific website will be created to organize and facilitate the 76th SWCS International Conference registration process; additional information will be transmitted about the site address and instructions on how to register. States or other organizational units may send more than their allocated participants, but they will be funded from local budgets and registered through the normal SWCS registration web site.

NRCS must submit a single request in the USDA Conference Management System (AgCMS) to obtain the necessary meeting approvals; therefore, we need to collect information on all attendees, regardless of how their costs will be covered. To obtain conference attendance approvals for all NRCS employees interested in attending this conference, State conservationists, national center directors, Pacific Islands and Caribbean Area directors, regional conservationists, and NHQ division directors must complete Attachment A, "Revised Meeting Calculation Worksheet SWCS 2021," and return it by April 30, 2021, to Julie DePue, administrative assistant for Ecological Sciences, at julie.depue@usda.gov. Please address the subject line as "SWCS 2021."     

Contact.   For questions about this bulletin please contact Shaun McKinney at shaun.mckinney@usda.gov or 503.545.7108.    


Deputy Chief for Science and Technology
Attachment A - Meeting Calculation Worksheet SWCS 2021   
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