Hall Of Fame Conservationists To Be Recognized During Husker Harvest Days

Learn about cost-share programs and pick up a tree seedling at Natural Resources Building, Lot 1106.

Published on: Sep 2, 2013

The Natural Resources Building at Husker Harvest Days serves as a "one-stop-shop" for anyone interested in learning more about Nebraska's natural resources and conservation programs. The Natural Resources Building is located on the southeast side of the show grounds in Lot 1106.

"This is a great opportunity for folks to stop by and check out the new building, pick-up a tree seedling and learn about what's new in water and natural resources management," according to Joe Anderjaska, the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD) board president. "Our natural resources--water and soil--are the building blocks of agriculture, so it makes sense that the organizations that protect those resources have a prominent location at the state's largest agriculture-oriented event, he says.

Many natural resource agencies take part in the educational activities in the Natural Resources Tent.
Many natural resource agencies take part in the educational activities in the Natural Resources Tent.

"A highlight this year is the recognition of the inductees into the Natural Resources Districts Hall of Fame," says Anderjaska.

The Hall of Fame is a new award that honors individuals that have made significant contributions through Nebraska's 23natural resources districts. The award, to be presented Wednesday, Sept. 11 at the show, is designed to recognize outstanding effort and dedication to conservation, resulting in improving natural resources in Nebraska. The purpose of the Natural Resources Hall of Fame is to reward individuals for service and commitment to natural resources conservation.

The candidates are elected into the Hall of Fame by vote of current NRD managers and NARD board members. There are three Hall of Fame categories: natural resources district board member, natural resources district employee and an "Other" category which includes individual outside the NRD system.

The building will be manned during the three-day event by conservation partners ready to explain voluntary conservation and cost-share programs available to landowners. "This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about Nebraska's natural resources and conservation programs. The resources building will be loaded with opportunities for farmers and ranchers to learn more about water and soil conservation programs, which can improve their operations financially while protecting our natural resources for future generations," says Anderjaska.

At Husker Harvest Days, the NARD partners with other agencies to create a true "one-stop shop" for natural resources questions and answers on conservation programs.

For example, Nebraska Health and Human Services will be testing water for nitrates, so people who bring in a sample can have their water tested for free.

Agencies expected to exhibit are USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program, the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture, the Nebraska Forest Service, the USDA Farm Service Agency, and representation from Nebraska's 23 natural resources districts.

"Make sure to stop by our new location this year to pick-up your free Colorado blue spruce tree seedling and learn more about conservation programs that protect your farm for future generations," says Anderjaska.

The Nebraska Association of Resources Districts, the trade association for Nebraska's 23 natural resources districts, works with individual NRDs to protect lives, protect property, and protect the future of Nebraska's natural resources. These districts are unique to Nebraska. NRDs are local government entities with broad responsibilities to protect our natural resources. Major Nebraska river basins form the boundaries of the 23 NRDs, enabling districts to respond best to local conservation and resource management needs. To learn more about Nebraska NRDs visit www.nrdnet.org.

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