2015 Tree Sale Information ~ Catalog ~ Order Form Orders are due by March 27th!
2015 has been declared the International Year of Soils.
~ The Michigan Pheasants Forever Annual Convention is January 31st in Bath.
~ February 2nd is Groundhog's Day.
~ There will be a MAEAP Phase 1 Meeting on February 3rd in Hillsdale.
~ The Hillsdale County Ag Council will have its next meeting on February 5th in Jonesville.
~ The Hillsdale County Farm Bureau will meet February 12th in Hillsdale.
~ The Great Backyard Bird Count is February 13-16th.
~ The Deer & Turkey Expo is February 13-15th in Diamondale.
~The Michigan Winter Free Fishing Weekend is February 14-15th.
~ The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association Annual Conference is February 14-15th.
~ Valentine's Day is February 14th.
~ President's Day is February 16th and the Office will be Closed.
~ The 48th Annual Branch County Farmers Day is February 16th in Coldwater.
~ February 17th is Fat Tuesday.
~ MSUE will be hosting a Focus on Dairy Production Workshop on February 17th in Hillsdale.
~ February 18th is Ash Wednesday.
~ The Hillsdale Conservation District will have its next regular Board Meeting on February 18th.
~ The 2015 Women in Agriculture Conference is February 18-19th in Merrillville, IN.
~ Hillsdale Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited Banquet is February 21st in Jonesville.
~ Outdoorama is February 26 - March 1st in Novi.
~ The 5th Annual Albion Bee School is February 28th in Albion.
The Hillsdale Conservation District serves as the primary contact point for landowners seeking technical assistance to resolve resource issues. Grant funded programs include: Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program, local Hunter Access Program administration and technical assistance. The district also has conservation tree sales, equipment rentals ~ no-till drills, and sales of other conservation related items. The Conservation District sponsors and participates in several conservation education programs throughout the year as well as conservation based outreach events and projects.
As local, special purpose units of government, each Conservation District is governed by a locally elected, five-member board of directors. The guiding philosophy of Michigan Conservation Districts is that local people should make decisions on conservation issues at the local level, with technical assistance provided by government. The Conservation District is the local provider of natural resource management services that help our citizens conserve their lands and our environment for a cleaner, healthier, economically stronger Michigan. They assist in natural resource management for improved water quality, reduced soil erosion, farmland preservation, wetland preservation, wildlife habitat, clean air, energy conservation, and land beautification.
The Hillsdale Conservation District shares an office with and works collaboratively with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Farm Service Agency (FSA); both are branches the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The mission of the FSA is, equitably serving all farmers, ranchers, and agricultural partners through the delivery of effective, efficient agricultural programs for all Americans. NRCS is a conservation leader for all natural resources; ensuring private lands are conserved, restored, and more resilient to environmental challenges. Seventy percent of the land in the United States is privately owned, making stewardship by private landowners absolutely critical to the health of our Nation’s environment. NRCS works with landowners through conservation planning and assistance designed to benefit the Soil, Water, Air, Plants, and Animals that result in productive lands and healthy ecosystems.