Annual Meeting

ARCSE at SWCS 2023

Jack Carlson, ARCSE Secretary


This year our association will host what we expect to be a stimulating session at the SWCS conference in Des Moines, Iowa on Monday, August 7th 3–5 pm for ARCSE members, local conservation retirees, and other non-retiree SWCS registrants interested in our activities, NRCS program direction, and agricultural conservation history in the environs around the conference venue.

NRCS leadership will review agency priorities including touching upon the new ARCSE/NRCS Memorandum of Understanding for mentoring new agency employees as they engage to provide technical assistance and program support to climate-smart initiatives and the new Farm Bill. Incoming ARCSE President Julie MacSwain will present our annual awards for community service and exceptional contributions to the association. She and planning committee members Cheryl Simmons, Mary Podoll, and Craig Derickson, also will briefly introduce the new ARCSE strategic plan.

Then as a special highlight, we are fortunate to have local conservationists Lyle Asell and others on tap to present interesting accounts of the history of farming, cropping, and conservation systems in Iowa, the heart of the Corn Belt. As the conservation community in the region increasingly engages with climate smart programs, knowing the history of the land from tall grass prairie through breakout and the advance of agricultural and conservation technology becomes crucial to making further progress. ARCSE hopes to make this a regular topic at SWCS conferences going forward to reinforce the value of knowing the land.

ARCSE members attending the session, but not registered for the entire conference, will have the option to purchase a discounted ticket ($35) to the Exhibit and Poster Reception immediately following, one of the primary networking opportunities of the week. Non-ARCSE members also attending will be able to purchase a guest ticket to the reception ($50). SWCS 2023 registration is now open, and we will provide additional details to ARCSE members not planning to register in a separate email communication regarding methods for obtaining reception tickets and discount code. We hope you mark your calendars for this event and join us!



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Annual ARCSE Meeting