2015 Tree Sale Information ~ Catalog ~ Order Form Orders are due by March 27th!
~ Online Orders ~ are now available!!!!
2015 has been declared the International Year of Soils.
~ The Hillsdale County Ag Council will have its next regular business meeting on March 5th in Jonesville.
~ Ag and Natural Resources (A&NR) Week at MSU is March 7th - 15th in East Lansing.
~ Daylight Savings Time begins March 8th - Spring forward move your clocks ahead 1 hour at 2am.
~ The Michigan Farm Women Symposium will be March 11-13th in Midland
~ The Hillsdale County Farm Bureau will meet March 12th in Hillsdale.
~ The Branch County Conservation Expo and Annual Meeting is March 14th in Coldwater.
~ National Ag Week is March 15-21st
~ St. Patrick's Day is March 17th
~ National Ag Day is March 18th
~ The Hillsdale Conservation District will have its next regular Board Meeting on March 18th.
~ The Michigan Bird Conservation Initiative Conference is March 19-21st at the Kettunen Center.
~ The First Day of Spring is March 20th.
~ The Tri-State Conservation Farming Expo is March 24th in Angola.
~ A Soil Health Series Meeting will be March 25th at the Kettunen Center.
~ Tree Sale Orders are due March 27th.
~ The Hillsdale County Ag Council will have its next regular business meeting on April 2nd in Jonesville.
~ Good Friday is April 3rd.
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.
The 2014 District Annual Report is available, it covers the accomplishments for the last year by the Hillsdale Conservation District.