Mosca-Hooper Conservation District

Mosca-Hooper Conservation District Mosca-Hooper Conservation District provides leadership in natural resource management for the betterment of all present and future residents.

Mosca-Hooper Conservation District, a county-wide district in Alamosa County, was established on May 12,1943. Overall the district has a conservation history of almost 51 years. Mosca Hooper-Conservation District includes the vast majority of the land in Alamosa County. Total acreage within the District is 462,000 acres. There are 317,000 that are private and 145,00 that are public lands.

Greetings Conservation Districts:CACD invites you to enjoy our display of 35 awesome posters entered into the 2020 Poste...
11/16/2020
2020 Contest Entries

Greetings Conservation Districts:

CACD invites you to enjoy our display of 35 awesome posters entered into the 2020 Poster Contest!

"Where would we Bee without Pollinators?"

You are welcome to participate in voting. Each person is limited to one vote.
The deadline to vote is this Thursday, November 17th, at 12 PM.

Enjoy as you browse through the wonderful display of posters received this year!

Don't forget to Vote!
2020 Poster Contest
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Thanks to all the districts that encouraged virtual participation this year, we have received some very promising entries.

Please click on this link to enter the poster gallery to view and vote!

https://www.coloradoacd.org/2020-contest-entries.html

Use the numbers below to switch between entries. Scroll to the bottom of the page to access the voting portal.

USDA Announces Scholars Programs for Students at Historically Black and Tribal Land-Grant Colleges and Universities(Wash...
11/13/2020
Minority-Serving Higher Education Institutions

USDA Announces Scholars Programs for Students at Historically Black and Tribal Land-Grant Colleges and Universities
(Washington, D.C., November 12, 2020) – Twenty-first century agriculture involves cutting-edge science, technology, business management – and you. Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces scholarships to help you build a career path in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, and many more agriculture-related subjects.

The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program was established in 1992 in partnership between USDA and 19 historically black universities that were established under the Second Morrill Act of 1890. The program provides full tuition, fees, books, room and board, and a summer internship to students pursuing degrees in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or related academic disciplines. When the student has completed the academic and summer work requirements of the scholarship, USDA may convert the student to a permanent employee without further competition. The application deadline is January 31, 2021. Apply today.

The USDA 1994 Tribal Scholars Program was established in 2008 in partnership between USDA and 1994 institutions, tribally controlled colleges and universities with land-grant status. The program provides full tuition, fees, books, and a summer internship to students pursuing degrees in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or related academic disciplines. When the student has completed the academic and summer work requirements of the scholarship, USDA may convert the student to a permanent employee without further competition. The application deadline is January 31, 2021. Apply today.

USDA’s Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement collaborates with 1890 historically black land-grant colleges and universities, 1994 tribal land-grant colleges and universities, and Hispanic-serving institutions to promote equitable participation in USDA programs, services, and resources for rural, tribal, and historically underserved students and the communities they serve. These partnerships also support education and career opportunities for students and faculty and help develop a strong pipeline of talent for USDA.

For more information on these scholars programs, visit www.usda.gov/partnerships/higher-education-initiatives.

In partnership with 1890 historically black land-grant colleges and universities, 1994 tribal land-grant colleges and universities, and Hispanic-serving institutions, the Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement works to establish opportunities that ensure equitable participation in USDA program...

10/23/2020

$5,000 Grossman Scholarships
Accepting Applications

Now through March 31: Applications are now open for our $5,000 Grossman Scholarships! Thanks to the generosity of former Board Member Rick Grossman and his wife Susie, VOC is able to offer four scholarships each year to help make educational dreams possible for those who have demonstrated a commitment to caring for the outdoors.

Two scholarships are available for graduating high school seniors, and two are available for graduate students or non-traditional students. All eligible candidates must be pursuing a post-secondary education through an accredited environmental, natural resource, climate, or outdoor industry related education program in Colorado.

Applications are open through 11:59pm on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Please help us spread the word!

Learn More & Apply Today

10/22/2020
www.highplainsnotill.com

Scholarship Application Available!

Know someone studying agriculture in CO, KS, NE, or WY?
The Colorado Conservation Tillage Association is currently accepting applications for their annual scholarship to support the soil health leaders of tomorrow.

Both high school seniors and current college students are encouraged to apply for the 2021 spring or fall semesters!

Submission deadline is Dec. 1, 2020

Download Application

‌Contact CCTA‌

Colorado Conservation Tillage Association
1-833-4No-Till
www.HighPlainsNoTill.com

10/19/2020
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

ATTN: Conservation Districts
RE: Request for input from Ag producers on drought

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21st at 9:00am!

Please share the following and invite your Boards, producers, partners, etc.!

Senior Climate Specialist for the Colorado Water Conservation Board, will be joining us to facilitate a "stop" on the virtual drought tour. If you or anyone in your District has a drought story to tell, please come to this event via Zoom! Megan has shared some thoughts about what the Ag Impact Task Force is hoping to glean from this meeting:

"In response to the 2020 drought season, the State Drought Plan was activated by the Governor (on June 22 and expanded on Sept 21) to respond to emerging drought impacts on farms, ranches, forests, fields, and rivers. The Agricultural Impact Task Force (co-led by Commissioner Greenberg, CSU Water Center's Reagan Waskom, and CWCB) is actively seeking input from Coloradans experiencing drought impacts, particularly in agriculture, to develop a multimedia report that summarizes policy recommendations, funding recommendations, and long-term planning recommendations for future drought response and recovery.

The anecdotal reports, stories, photos, videos or policy recommendations collected through this "virtual drought tour" regarding local conditions, economic challenges, adaptive solutions, etc. will directly inform current and future statewide drought response efforts. An online, interactive report will highlight these first-person accounts to support consensus policy recommendations.

The Conservation District Coffee Hour seemed a perfect venue for crowdsourcing input and reflections on the 2020 drought season. We will record the meeting and hold open, honest conversation for the Conservations Districts to reflect on the following questions:
How have experiences from past drought years informed management decisions in this year's drought?
Are there particular policy or funding barriers that continue to hinder your entity's ability to respond to drought as it emerges?
If you were to ask your state legislators or the Governor for ONE thing to better support your operation in the next drought season... what would that be? The sky's the limit here. Try and go beyond one-word answers (eg "funding").
Other questions that naturally arise in conversation are of course welcome as well! We can keep this quite informal. If you personally do not wish to be quoted or your image utilized in a report from the Agriculture Impact Task Force, please privately email me at [email protected]. I would prefer to hold an honest conversation space than folks be timid/unsure of how their ideas may be translated."

Here is the Zoom info. See you Wednesday!

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3808835749
+1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 380 883 5749

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21st at 9:00am!

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Fwd: URGENT: Rural CO Impact - Redistricting and Reapportionment - Town Hall Webinar October 19th & again on October 20t...
10/17/2020
Colorado Association of Conservation Districts

Fwd: URGENT: Rural CO Impact - Redistricting and Reapportionment - Town Hall Webinar October 19th & again on October 20th
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Greetings Everyone:

Just a reminder coming up next Monday and Tuesday evening...

Every 10 years, after each Census, Colorado redraws its congressional and legislative districts to account for changes in population. In 2018, Colorado voters approved Amendments Y & Z to create two new politically-balanced citizens commissions; one to redraw congressional districts and one to redraw legislative districts.

The Colorado Neighborhood Coalition is hosting a series of regional town halls to educate people on the redistricting/reapportionment process, the importance of serving on the commissions, and how to apply. The next webinars are occurring next week (individuals can join either of these townhalls regardless of what part of the state you live in):

Please see the information below and attached to find out how you can listen to one of these town hall sessions and how you can become involved.

This is an important process that needs "Rural" representation.

Bobbi Ketels
CACD Executive Director

Colorado Association of Conservation Districts
PO Box 1175, Lamar, CO 81052

O) 719-336-3437, ext 130
C) 719-686-0020
[email protected]
www.coloradoacd.org

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From: Bobbi Ketels
Date: Wed, Oct 14, 2020 at 4:36 PM
Subject: URGENT: Rural CO Impact - Redistricting and Reapportionment - Town Hall Webinar October 19th & again on October 20th
To:

Conservation Districts, Staff, and Partners,
Every 10 years, after each Census, Colorado redraws its congressional and legislative districts to account for changes in population. In 2018, Colorado voters approved Amendments Y & Z to create two new politically-balanced citizens commissions; one to redraw congressional districts and one to redraw legislative districts.
However, these new commissions will only work if fair-minded Coloradans step up to serve on the commissions! Private Property owners and Conservation Districts can get involved to ensure we will have fair districts and fair elections for the next 10 years.
The Colorado Neighborhood Coalition is hosting a series of regional town halls to educate people on the redistricting/reapportionment process, the importance of serving on the commissions, and how to apply. The next webinars are occurring next week (individuals can join either of these townhalls regardless of what part of the state you live in):

Monday, October 19 at 6 p.m. MDT

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81525690026?pwd=TmV5aytycEI1VEQrTnZaUW5FUFFRdz09

Tuesday, October 20 at 6 p.m. MDT

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87492056968?pwd=aWEzMmRVdzJOWWlVNkJ0V0dJY1pPZz09

It is less than 30 days before the closing of the application process for the Redistricting / Reapportionment Commissions, with November 10 being the last day for individuals to apply. There is a great “how-to” video explaining the process HERE. Colorado needs Impartial, folks who can help Build Consensus, with Strong Analytical Skills.

Applications for both the Congressional and Legislative Redistricting Commissions can be found here: https://redistricting.colorado.gov/

If you have questions or need guidance about the application process, call (720) 295-1662 or email [email protected].

CACD encourages any individual that feels passionate about this subject to apply. Please circulate to your friends, family, associates, and on your social media platforms.

This is an important process that needs "Rural" representation. Again, the application deadline is NOVEMBER 10TH.

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Bobbi Ketels
CACD Executive Director

Colorado Association of Conservation Districts
PO Box 1175, Lamar, CO 81052

O) 719-336-3437, ext 130
C) 719-686-0020
[email protected]
www.coloradoacd.org
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10/16/2020
www.highplainsnotill.com

Scholarship Application Available!

Know someone studying agriculture in CO, KS, NE, or WY?
The Colorado Conservation Tillage Association is currently accepting applications for their annual scholarship to support the soil health leaders of tomorrow.

Both high school seniors and current college students are encouraged to apply for the 2021 spring or fall semesters!

Submission deadline is Dec. 1, 2020

Download Application

‌Contact CCTA‌

Colorado Conservation Tillage Association
1-833-4No-Till
www.HighPlainsNoTill.com

10/13/2020

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13, 2020 – The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $6.3 million to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in Colorado. This investment is part of the $550 million Congress allocated to the second round of the ReConnect Program.

“The need for rural broadband has never been more apparent than it is now – as our nation manages the coronavirus national emergency. Access to telehealth services, remote learning for school children, and remote business operations all require access to broadband,” U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said. “I am so proud of our rural communities who have been working day in and day out, just like they always do, producing the food and fiber America depends on. We need them more than ever during these trying times, and expanding access to this critical infrastructure will help ensure rural America prospers for years to come.”

Emery Telecommunications & Video Inc. will use a $6.3 million ReConnect grant to deploy a fiber-to-the-premises network to connect 1,638 people, 91 farms, 52 businesses, three fire stations and two post offices to high-speed broadband internet in Dolores, San Miguel and Montezuma counties in Colorado.

Background:

In March 2018, Congress provided $600 million to USDA to expand broadband infrastructure and services in rural America. On Dec. 13, 2018, Secretary Perdue announced the rules of the program, called “ReConnect,” including how the loans and grants will be awarded to help build broadband infrastructure in rural America.

On April 20, 2020, USDA announced the Department has received 172 applications for $1.57 billion in Round Two of the ReConnect Program. The second round will enable USDA to implement innovative new solutions to rural connectivity by leveraging financial options with our partners and continuing the success of the first round of funding. The application window for Round Two closed on April 15.

In Round One of the ReConnect Program, USDA invested $698 million to bring high-speed broadband e-Connectivity to approximately 167,000 households, 17,000 rural small businesses and farms, and more than 500 health care centers, educational facilities and critical community facilities located in 33 states. To learn more about individual investments, read USDA’s Broadband ReConnect Program report (PDF, 4 MB).

USDA received 11 Round Two ReConnect Program applications that are eligible for the $100 million Congress allocated to the program through the CARES Act.

To learn more about ReConnect Program eligibility, technical assistance and recent announcements, visit www.usda.gov/reconnect.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas.

10/09/2020

Trump Administration Extends Free Meals for Kids for Entire School Year
Flexibilities now available through June 30, 2021
(Mt. Wolf, PA, October 9, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending flexibilities to allow free meals to continue to be available to all children throughout the entire 2020-2021 school year. This unprecedented move is part of USDA’s unwavering commitment to ensuring all children across America have access to nutritious food as the nation recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As our nation recovers and reopens, we want to ensure that children continue to receive the nutritious breakfasts and lunches they count on during the school year wherever they are, and however they are learning,” said Secretary Perdue. “We are grateful for the heroic efforts by our school food service professionals who are consistently serving healthy meals to kids during these trying times, and we know they need maximum flexibility right now. I appreciate President Trump for his unwavering commitment to ensuring kids receive the food they need during this pandemic and for supporting USDA in continuing to provide these unprecedented flexibilities.”

“Northeastern School District has implemented the USDA waiver to offer all students free meals utilizing the SSO program. We have been able to offer free meals to all students in-person (Brick & Mortar) and through Curbside pick-up for virtual students. I am extremely proud of my staff and their flexibility to do their best to keep school meals as normal as possible during a pandemic. The Child Nutrition Staff have wanted to continue hot meals for students and wanted to offer their favorite meal choices,” said Kimberly Alessandroni, Director of Child Nutrition Services, Northeastern School District.

“These waiver extensions are great news for America’s students and the school nutrition professionals working so hard to support them throughout this pandemic," said School Nutrition Association President Reggie Ross, SNS. “Families struggling to make ends meet can be assured that their students will have access to healthy school meals, whether they are learning at home or in school. School meal programs can remain focused on safely meeting nutritional needs of children in their communities without having to worry about burdensome regulations. The School Nutrition Association appreciates USDA’s ongoing efforts to address the many challenges our members have faced while working on the frontlines to feed hungry children.”

Background:
USDA previously extended child nutrition waivers through December 2020 based upon available funding at the time. The flexibilities extended today will allow schools and other local program operators to continue to leverage the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) to provide no cost meals to all children, available at over 90,000 sites across the country, through June 30, 2021.

USDA understands a one-size-fits-all approach is not an effective way to feed children, particularly during the current challenges facing our country. USDA can extend these waivers due to language in the continuing resolution signed into law by President Trump last week.

USDA is extending waivers through June 30, 2021, that:
Allow SFSP and SSO meals to be served in all areas and at no cost;
Permit meals to be served outside of the typically required group settings and meal times;
Waive meal pattern requirements, as necessary; and
Allow parents and guardians to pick-up meals for their children.

These program flexibilities allow schools and local program operators to operate a meal service model that best meets their community’s unique needs, while keeping kids and staff safe. Additional flexibilities are being granted on a state-by-state basis, as required by law, to facilitate a wide range of meal service options and accommodate other operational needs.

Early in the pandemic, USDA adapted its summer feeding site finder to ensure parents and children would be able to easily locate sites that were providing meal service. With this new announcement, the Meals for Kids interactive site finder will continue to collect data, voluntarily provided by USDA’s state agency partners, about operating sites including location, meal service times, and additional information.

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Mosca-Hooper Conservation District was established on May 12, 1943. MHCD encompasses the vast majority of all land in Alamosa County. Total acreage within the District is 462,000 acres. There are 317,000 that are private and 145,00 that are public lands.

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