Parker County Soil and Water Conservation District #558        817-594-4672, ext. 3



Parker County Soil and Water ​​​​
Conservation District #558

604 North Main, Suite 100
Weatherford, Texas 76086

817-594-4672, ext. 3

email: parkercoun[email protected]

CONSERVATION - DEVELOPMENT
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     ​​Parker County Soil and Water Conservation District’s
42nd Annual Poster & Essay Contest
604 North Main, Suite 100, Weatherford, Texas 76086
817-594-4672, ext. 3 or email [email protected]

Calling All Students!  CA$H PRIZES!!! for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners    
 
 
The District is proud to invite all eligible Parker County students to participate in this annual contest!
 
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will receive a cash prize and advance to area competition.  Cash prizes - 1st place $30, 2nd place $20, and 3rd place $15.  Honorable Mention Ribbons will be awarded to those students whose entries were selected to be part of the judging process.  Two winners will advance to Area competition, where if chosen as a winner, the District will provide tickets to the Area 5 Awards Banquet for the winner and his or her parents.  
 
NOTE THE DATE CHANGE! - Entries will be judged January 2, 2020.  Drop off student’s entries at the Agricultural Service Center, 604 North Main, Suite 100 in Weatherford no later than December 27, 2019.  Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 – 4:30. 
 
  THIS YEARS POSTER AND ESSAY THEME: " Where would we BEE without Pollinators?”
 
Pollinators are very important to agriculture in all its varied forms.  Include soil and water conservation practices as they relate to the topic.  Please visit the following website for additional resources, information will be listed under “Important Updates” on the right side of the page: http://www.tsswcb.texas.gov/programs/public-information-and-education.  On a cover sheet for essay AND poster entries, list participant’s name, participant’s guardian name, participant’s mailing address and phone number, grade, school, and teacher’s name. 
 
POSTER CONTEST
 
Ages 12 years old and under
 
Entries shall be on standard poster board, cut to half size – 22” by 14”.  Artwork should be drawn by hand with materials that do not readily smear, crack or chip.  If necessary, a fixative or laminate.  Remember to only use soil and water conservation practices that are related to pollinators.  The poster entry artwork should be flat!
 
ESSAY CONTEST
 
Junior: Ages 13 and under – Maximum of 300 words.
Senior:  Ages 14 to 18 – Maximum of 500 words.
Entries may be emailed to [email protected]
 
Remember: (1) ALL ENTRIES MUST BE TYPED, (2) write about soil and water conservation practices, (3) make your writing interesting to the reader, (4) make sure each sentence helps the reader understand the essay, (5) make sure your ideas are clear and easy to follow, (6) write about your ideas in detail, (7) check your work for correct spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar and sentence structure.

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  Technical Assistance and Cost-Share Incentive Funding Available through
the 503 Water Quality Management Plan Program Through Parker County SWCD and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board

TEMPLE — The economic impact of the food and fiber sector in the state totals more than $100 billion annually. Texas leads the nation in cattle, cotton, hay, sheep, goats and mohair production. The continued success and sustainability of Texas agriculture comes from sound conservation practices. Since the 1930’s, generations of farmers and ranchers have implemented voluntary conservation practices on their land to protect the soil, water and other renewable resources.

The Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) administers Texas’ soil and water conservation law and delivers natural resource conservation programs through the State’s 216 local soil and water conservation districts (SWCD) and regional offices. TSSWCB is the lead agency for planning, implementing, and managing programs and practices for abating agricultural and silvicultural nonpoint source pollution.

The TSSWCB also administers technical assistance and cost-share incentive funding programs for conservation land improvements. The role of TSSWCB is vital to the natural resources of Texas due to the fact that 95% of the land in Texas is privately owned. The agency assists with voluntary conservation practices to ensure the continued viability of natural resources.

TSSWCB has a Water Quality Management Plan (WQMP) Program that is delivered through the local SWCDs and assists farmers and ranchers in the development of a site-specific conservation plan. The plan includes appropriate best management practices to achieve a level of pollution prevention or abatement to be consistent with state water quality standards.

To obtain a WQMP application visit your local SWCD to request planning assistance. The SWCD will then work with the TSSWCB Regional Office to provide technical input and develop a plan that best suits the landowner’s needs.  (Parker County SWCD has developed an approved practice list and an average cost per practice for funding WQMPs.  Payment is 75% of the approved average cost and is capped at $15,000.00 per producer.  Contracts are administered out of the Dublin Regional Office.)

The process of developing a WQMP entails using science based knowledge and tools to help landowners select an appropriate combination of conservation practices to meet the individual’s management goals and objectives. An inventory of soils, water, plants, animals and physical structures is taken at that time to expand the depth of the plan.

Once the plan is complete and the landowner approves, the SWCD will formalize an agreement and then the implementation process can begin.