Association of Retired Conservation Service Employees (ARCSE) Annual Meeting
Monday, July 26
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM CT

The Association of Retired Conservation Service Employees (ARCSE), as last year, will host their annual meeting virtually. The online event will include updates from NRCS and SWCS leadership, SWCS Historian Joe Otto, a focus on incubator farms, and other special presentations. Our primary goal is to network past, present, and next generation conservationists looking forward to the decades of work ahead. Please join us! Registration is free for this event. More information can be found at

USDA Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) Watershed Assessment Studies Annual Meeting 
Monday, July 26
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM CT

Please join USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Agricultural Research Service (ARS) CEAP scientists and university collaborators to learn about and discuss the CEAP Watershed Assessments in small watershed studies. This year’s meeting will take place Monday, July 26, 1:00 – 4:00 PM Central Time, prior to the opening of the general SWCS Conference program. Presentations in the CEAP meeting will feature ongoing ARS and university CEAP Watershed Assessments. If you have an interest in outcomes and documenting benefits of conservation, please come provide your input into future efforts!

WiN Annual Meeting
Monday, July 26
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM CT 

The National Organization of Professional Women in Natural Resources Conservation Service (WiN) will be hosting their annual organization meeting via Zoom. From 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM CT there will be an informal meet and greet with the annual meeting starting promptly at 5:00 PM CT. The annual meeting will be used to present the WiN annual awards and go over the highlights of the year. The meeting is open to anyone interested in learning more about WiN. The mission for WiN is “To provide women with training, opportunities, and mentoring to develop into their fullest professional potential.”

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) Showcase
Tuesday, July 27
11:00 AM – 4:30 PM CT 

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), in conjunction with SWCS, will host the CIG Showcase at the virtual 2021 SWCS International 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 focuses on soil health in locations from South Dakota to the Rio Grande Valley. The second panel explores CIG projects involving innovative tools and technologies across a variety of land uses. The final panel includes presentations from CIG grantees whose projects focus on bringing down barriers to implementing conservation activities—from urban gardening to conservation finance.

This showcase runs from 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM CT on Tuesday, July 27. CIG project posters will be showcased in the poster presentation gallery during the duration of the event.