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Randy Willis
Contact: Randy Willis
District Administrator
Phone: (828) 465-8950
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mapAgricultural Resources Center
1175 S Brady Avenue
Newton, NC 28658

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m
2016-2017 Theme

Soil and Water - Yours For Life
Catawba County Soil and Water Conservation District encourages students in the county to participate in the annual Education Contests.
FOR ALL ENTRIES: The focus will be on BMPs (Best Management Practices) used to protect the soil. After the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, it was necessary for farmers to implement new techniques so that the land could be preserved and severe drought would not again cause such massive soil erosion. North Carolinian Hugh Hammond Bennett, known as the “Father of Soil Conservation,” helped reform farming practices. Students are invited to explore the following BMPs and include one or two of them in their contest entry: Contour Farming, Stripcropping, Crop Rotation, Cover Crop, No-Till, Terrace, Field Border, Grassed Waterway, Riparian Buffer, Rotational Grazing and Livestock Exclusion Fencing.
Entry Deadline is January 27, 2017!

3rd, 4th & 5th Grades
Poster Contest

6th Grade
Poster Contest
Essay Contest
Computer Designed Slide Show

7th & 8th Grades
Public Speaking
Speech competition will be held on Saturday January 28, 2017

9th Grade
Computer Designed Poster

For more information on past state winners and the state handbook:
Catawba Soil & Water Conservation District Awards Banquet

Our awards banquet will be held on February 16, 2017 with a snow date of February 23, 2017. The banquet will be held in the conference rooms of the Catawba County Agricultural Resources Building, 1175 South Brady Street Newton, NC 28658. This banquet will honor our education contest winners as well as other programs and participants who have furthered the efforts of soil & water conservation.

This banquet is by invitation only.