Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) Showcase
Monday, July 29
10:30 AM – 5:00 PM

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), in conjunction with SWCS, will host the CIG Showcase at the SWCS Annual Conference. Since 2004, CIG has supported the development of innovative natural resource conservation approaches and technologies on working lands.

This year’s showcase includes an overview of the CIG program and three themed panels. The first panel highlights innovated ways to incentivize conservation. The second panel explores CIG projects that address water quality and quantity issues. The final panel includes presentations from CIG grantees demonstrating innovative technologies related to cover crops.

This showcase runs from 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM on Monday, July 29. Following the showcase, CIG project posters will be included in the poster presentation session held in the poster display area of the exhibit hall from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.


Association of Retired Conservation Service Employees (ARCSE) Lunch and Annual Business Meeting
Monday, July 29
11:00 AM – 1:30 PM

The Association of Retired Conservation Service Employees (ARCSE) will hold its annual luncheon on Monday, July 29 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM with the social hour beginning at 11:00 AM. Luncheon speakers will include representatives from ARCSE, SWCS, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) at the state and national level. The 2019 luncheon reservation form will be available by April 15 at


Conservation Practice Standards and Tools Showcase
Tuesday, July 30
10:30 AM – 3:00 PM

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), in conjunction with SWCS, will host the Conservation Practice Standards and Tools Showcase at the SWCS Annual Conference. In order to enhance the customer experience in receiving conservation assistance, NRCS is undertaking efforts to modernize and streamline our conservation delivery process. This showcase includes a review of conservation practice standards, state-created innovations, and an update on the development of the Conservation Assessment Ranking Tool (CART). Presentations in this track will highlight progress to automate processes, reduce time between requests for assistance and on-the-ground conservation actions, and implement changes authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill. Come learn about innovations and strategies that help minimize complexity and eliminate redundancy to accelerate the delivery of comprehensive conservation planning, ecological science-based systems, engineering practices, and highly erodible land and wetland conservation compliance assistance.


PED Talks: A Soil Health Speaker Series 
Tuesday, July 30
5:15 PM - 6:15 PM

Be a live audience for PED Talks, a new series of engaging and educational video presentations on the benefits of soil health, using science-centered messaging that primarily features the next generation of scientists and farmer-innovators. Modeled after the popular TED Talks, presentations will be approximately 15-20 minutes in duration and will follow the format of a single speaker on a well-lit stage in front of a live audience.

The PED Talks speaker series is a new collaboration of USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC), Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS), Soil Health Institute (SHI), and Soil Health Partnership (SHP).


USDA Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) Watershed Assessment Studies Annual Meeting 
Wednesday, July 31
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Please join USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Agricultural Research Service (ARS) CEAP scientists to learn about and discuss the CEAP Watershed Assessments, the small watershed studies within CEAP. This year’s meeting will follow the general SWCS Conference program. Presentations in the CEAP meeting will feature ongoing ARS CEAP Watershed Assessments, review of the effects of conservation practices that have been measured, and major take-home messages of projects.