2020 Virtual Annual Meeting

Your leadership at the VASWCD remains committed to serving our SWCDs and continues to adapt programs and efforts to further conservation work during COVID-19. We want to ensure we take all precautions to protect the health and well-being of our members and for that reason we have come to the decision that our 2020 Annual Meeting scheduled for the Hotel Roanoke will no longer be an in person meeting.  We will miss seeing you in person this year but in light of our ongoing health emergency we believe it to be in the best interest of our members and community at large.

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This year has taught us many lessons personally and professionally including flexibility and most importantly taking each new challenge and finding opportunity. You may have seen news that the VACDE Employees training scheduled for Graves Mountain has, in light of COVID-19, needed to shift into a virtual training format also. The VASWCD and VACDE are excited to partner to offer a virtual training blitz this fall and winter. Register below for the many no-cost trainings and networking opportunities to be offered online via Zoom for directors, staff and partners. Registration details below continue to be finalized. Additional zoom trainings are also currently being scheduled thru 2021. Check back early September for the full list of trainings and registration links for all training opportunities.

Virtual Training Offerings:

September 8, 2020 – 9:30AM-11:30AM (2 CEUs)
Technical: Ag Waste Management – Trainer: Amanda Pennington, DCR
Training Video Available on YouTube Video for Viewing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qmjbvcW8cU&feature=youtu.be 

September 15, 2020 – 9:30AM-12:30PM (2 CEUs)
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Training – Trainer: Guy Johnson
Training Video Available on YouTube for Viewing: https://youtu.be/YHr4CVKLP8g

September 22, 2020 – 9:30AM-10:30AM
New Employee Meet & Greet (All Employees Welcome) – Facilitator: Tabbea Zimmerman, Colonial SWCD 
Training Video Available on YouTube for Viewing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSXVkyNnjsY&feature=youtu.be

September 24, 2020 – 9:00AM-11:00AM (2 CEUs)
Technical: Pasture Condition Score – Trainer: JB Daniels, NRCS
Registration and Session Details: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUldemqrjgoHNwzJRrdrQR0pIm1YDw5IhMU

September 28, 2020 – 9:30AM-11:30AM & 12:30-2:30PM (4 Conservation Planning CEUs & 4 Nutrient Management CEUs – Must Attend AM & PM)
Technical: AM Portion – Erosion Fundamentals (RUSLE2 Background)/PM Portion – Assessing Sheet & Rill Erosion with RUSLE2 (Running RUSLE2) – Trainer: Chris Lawrence, NRCS
Registration and Session Details: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcpduGoqzsuGtGZMBpWaE9Nef8JmkxogMwN 

October 6, 2020 – 9:00AM-11:00AM (2 CEUs)
Technical: Grazing Plan Development – Trainer: JB Daniels, NRCS
Registration and Session Details:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkfuCoqzkjHNFiHtfFCIaXdnZsC6RkYYee

October 7, 2020 – 10:00AM-11:30AM
Personnel Management Training – Trainer: Terri Higgins, HR Specialist
Registration and Session Details: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwucumtqjMiHNG2Zssahk1zFxhcGvXF5faO

October 7, 2020 – Private Appointment w/ Terri Higgins to discuss personnel topics specific to your SWCD
Sign up for your time slot: To Be Posted in Early September

October 13, 2020 – 10:00AM-12:00PM
Education Outreach: COVID-19 Programming Shifts & Success Stories – Panelists: Tim Miller, Mountain Castles SWCD, Ashley Palmer, Northern VA SWCD; Lindy Durham, Henricopolis SWCD; Elizabeth Bennett, Tazewell SWCD; Elise Corbin, Peter Francisco SWCD; Julie Head, Eastern Shore SWCD
Registration and Session Details: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZApd-uvrz8uE9CBAvWX7_EZANS8Kb78WjmR

October 20, 2020 – 10:00AM-11:30AM
Education Outreach: Water Conservation & Literature – Trainer: Julie Head, Eastern Shore SWCD
Registration and Session Details: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYkdu2urD0tHNO0eGROFmkyV47fgR5MlIbF

October 27, 2020 – 1:00PM-3:00PM
VA Ag Cost Share (VACS) Program 101 – Targeted for Directors but also Open to Staff – Trainers: David Bryan, DCR
Registration and Session Details: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItdOyvqDIsG9bb_V-gcTxSLZWgfth1Ame- 

October 29, 2020 – 10:00AM-11:00AM (1 CEU)
Ensuring Your Conservation Efforts Live On: Legacy Planning for Farm & Forest Owners – Trainers: Andrew Fotinos, DOF Forestland Conservation Specialist; Bill Worrell, VCE Forester; Adam Downing, VCE Forester
Registration and Session Details: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwuf-uhpjIrH9KJqNYUltR3KJY4ih5_9Wl5

November 11, 2020 – 7:00PM-8:00PM
Director Meet & Greet – Structured socialization with other Directors. Veteran Directors are asked to attend but newbies are strongly encouraged. Registration and Session Details: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMsceGtrj8pHdc1iyR9OCKB1bI4BixN799l 

December 2, 2020 – 9:00AM-10:30AM

VCAP: Identifying Resource Concerns, FAQ, & Local Funding Discussion. Registration and Session Details: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtdeqrpjMoGdVcEcofnjaA4HTCnDbj7GVz 

December 15, 2020 – 3:00PM-4:00PM
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Training – Meets Code of VA Training Requirements. Targeted for Directors but also Open to Staff – Trainers: Alan Gernhardt, FOIA Council
Registration and Session Details: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIsc–grDoqHdEQINfbgA28mX9u6S1MNqNA 

More trainings to soon be posted on topics to be offered this fall and winter including: 

  • Legislative Training: Understanding the Legislative Process, the Work of your VASWCD & the SWCD Role and Impact (Dec 2020 or Jan 2021)
  • Partner Agency Panel: Updates and Q&A (Dec 2020 or Jan 2021)
  • Marketing & Outreach: Maximizing Online Presence (January 2021)
  • DEQ Ag BMP Loan Program Training (January 2021)
  • Cover Crop (February 3, 2021)
  • Nutrient Management & Precision Agriculture (March 3, 2021)

The VASWCD holds its Annual Membership Meeting at our December conference and will shift that important meeting into a virtual platform on Monday, December 7, 2020 @ 2pm.  Registration will be required for this meeting. Stay tuned for additional details.

We appreciate your understanding during this ever changing situation and in coming weeks look forward to rolling out even more plans for trainings, networking, fundraising, and our business meeting.