​​Pima Natural Resource Conservation District



​NACD Spring Fly-In and Officers and Executive Board Visit

Tomorrow, more than 100 soil and water conservation district supervisors, employees and state association representatives will be participating in NACD's Annual Spring Fly-In held in Washington, DC!


NACD will be kicking off the event with a breakfast in the Capitol Visitors Center. NACD staff and several ex-Capitol Hill staffers will brief members on our advocacy materials and will provide current updates on policy issues affecting agriculturein preparation for their visits with legislators later that day.

Members will spend the remainder of the day visiting hundreds of legislators to share their priorities on behalf of NACD on a number of issues including: FY 2016 appropriations and budget, Farm Bill implementation, a concurrent resolution recognizing locally-led conservation and soil health and a number of their state issues.

Tomorrow evening NACD will hold a Congressional reception in the House Agriculture Committee Room to network with legislators, Congressional staff, members of the media, and partner organizations and agencies. NACD is anticipating remarks from Congressman Glenn Thompson (R-PA) who currently chairs the Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee of the House Committee on Agriculture and is an original sponsor of the concurrent resolution on conservation. Thanks to our reception sponsors: CHS, United Sugar Corporation, the International Certified Crop Adviser program, the Society for Range Management, U.S. Cattlemen's Association and the National Conservation District Employees Association.

Additionally, the NACD Executive Board and Officer Team are in town throughout the week conducting official NACD business and meeting with partners as well as attending National Ag Day events put on by Agri-Pulse on Tuesday, March 17.  



National Ag Day is Wednesday!

This Wednesday marks National Ag Day.  There will be local events across the country to help share the importance of agriculture to our food, fiber, and fuel, and show much-needed appreciation for what agricultural does for our communities.


As part of these efforts, Agri-Pulse will be holding events and discussion on "Farm to Fork Politics: Unleashing Innovation in Agriculture," this Tuesday in Washington, D.C. 


National Ag Day is part of the larger celebration of National Ag Week March 15-20, 2015.  The National Ag Day website contains a full list of events happening in our Nation's Capital as well as information and materials for use at local events.  The website also provides education materials and event ideas and planning tips to host your own event and the option to order an official 2015 Ag Day Poster

​Hello All,

 The next meeting of the Nanotechnology Cluster of Arizona will be held in Tucson on Wednesday, March 18th.

The topic will be 
Nanotechnology and Advanced Sensors: An integrated systems approach to 
soil science and plant data acquisition related to food production and safety.
Alex Dely,  Contracts Manager 
Innovation Directorate (Space, Autonomy, Advanced Research Projects Agencies) 
Monetization Directorate  will lead the discussion.

 Recent advances in conjunction with the University of Arizona Department of Agriculture in Yuma are part of a Precision Agriculture Vision. This includes integration of sensor information in Food and Agriculture Security.This uses spectroscopy and fluorescence gas analysis along with Big Data Satellite Information Analysis integration with selective use of UAV's. This will be part of the Raytheon Nano Gateways Sensor Platforms of 2016.

 Bill Owens, who recently retired as an Engineering Fellow at Raytheon in Tucson, AZ. will add a few minutes to the discussion drawing from his experience with the Sensors and Signature Phenomenology Branch in the Electro-Optics Lab of GTRI at Georgia Institute of Technology. He helped develop extension courses in infrared technology. His comments will address  “Nano-sensing: Survival of the Most Aware”.

The  speaker will begin at 6 pm (same time and place as normal).

Please forward this to other interested parties!  Remember the meeting is free and open to all.

If you have any questions about this meeting, please contact:  
Michael  Berman    michaeljberman@gmail.com    520-270-1184

The meeting begins at 5:45 pm with the speaker starting at 6 pm in the University  of Arizona's AME (Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering) Building, room N715.  This building is at the NE corner of Speedway Blvd. and Mountain Ave. 1130  N. Mountain Ave. The parking lot on the east end of the building is free in  the evenings (after 5pm).

From I-10 go east on Speedway 1.8 miles, left onto Mountain Ave, then right  after1 block on to Helen. The parking lot is 1/2 block on right. Parking is  free after 5 pm.  

 From the parking lot, walk west down the center courtyard of the AME  building, on the far west end there will be an elevator though the double  doors on the right. Take this to the 7th floor.


Look Ahead to Stewardship Week2015 is the 60th Anniversary of NACD Soil and Water Stewardship Week. This year's stewardship week will take place April 26 through May 3. This annual observance is dedicated to the hard work done every day by the nation's conservation districts. Stewardship Week is a great time to utilize NACD's promotional and educational materials to tell your story and to share your district's accomplishments with your local community.  This year's theme is "Local Heroes, Your Hardworking Pollinators."
Visit the NACD Stewardship pageto find customizable media releases for distribution to your local newspapers, broadcast media, and local organizations' newsletters. 
Help us celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Soil and Water Stewardship Week by showing how local conservation districts work to conserve our natural resources and support our nation's hardworking pollinators! 

 Coming Up..

PNRCD meeting March 24

Board Members: 

Cindy Coping Chairman

Andrew McGibbon

Jim Chilton

Pat King

Stu Bengson