Welcome to the Delaware Association of Conservation Districts!
Every acre counts! Cover crops can improve soil health, build organic matter, help to suppress weeds and recycle nutrients, and more…
Interest in cover crops and soil health is GROWING in Delaware! Did you know that in 2019, farmers planted more than 110,000 acres of cover crops? Delaware’s Conservation Districts are thankful for our farmers and their efforts to protect our natural resources while improving farm profitability.
Learn more about conservation technical assistance and cost-share programs available through your local Conservation District:
Here are several excellent resources on cover crops and improving your soil health:
- Visit the Events Page to find upcoming soil health events near you!
- NRCS Soil Health Page
- Sussex Conservation District Ag Conservation Program’s Facebook Page- keep up to date on articles and upcoming events related to soil health
- The Soil Health Champions Network– this network through the National Association of Conservation Districts connects soil health leaders throughout the country. Take a look at their webinars and links to current research!
- The Northeast Cover Crops Council– Keep an eye on this page for current, locally-relevant information on cover crops and-coming soon- a cover crop decision tool
- Everything Cover Crops– a public Facebook group where you can ask, well, everything about cover crops…
- Delaware Cover Crop Network- see local examples of different cover crop species and mixes, seeding rates and planting dates
- SARE Cover Crop Topic Room– includes links to their Cover Crop Innovator Series and books available for free online:
DACD and Delaware’s Conservation Districts are proud to partner with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Delaware Department of Agriculture to offer technical and financial assistance to farmers and landowners seeking to adopt conservation practices.
About Delaware’s Conservation Districts
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The Delaware Envirothon provides students with an integrated approach to exploring five natural resource categories- aquatic ecology, forestry, soil/land use, wildlife & air quality. It tests their creativity, analytical thinking, and team-building skills in a competitive format. ENVIROTHON is a “day-in-the-field” where teams visit testing stations for problem solving opportunities. Continue reading “Envirothon”