Annual Conference August 25-28, 2019
Hosted by the
North Carolina RC&D Association



*Check for updates as the agenda is subject to change.
Room Assignments are in bold & italics.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

  • 9:00 am National RC&D Councils Board Meeting Windsor A

Sunday, August 25, 2019

  • 9:00 am National RC&D Council Board Meeting Continues Windsor A

  • 12:00 pm Conference Registration and Check-in Foyer

  • 3:00 pm Southeastern RC&D Council Board Meeting Windsor B

  • 6:00 - 7:00 pm President’s Reception Patio

Monday, August 26, 2019

  • 7:00 am   Breakfast in the Foyer
    Conference Desk Opens Foyer

  • 8:30 am Welcome Salon B/C
    Alan Walker, Resource Institute - Conference Master of Ceremony (MC)

    • Craig Sizemore, President, Southeastern Association of RC&D Councils

    • Invocation - Jack Jerome, Treasurer, Pilot View RC&D

    • Presentation of Colors & Pledge of Allegiance
      - Burlin Findley, Three Rivers RC&D

    • Welcome to North Carolina - Rudy Langley, President, North Carolina Association of RC&D Councils

    • Welcome to Asheville, Office Mayor Of Asheville

    • Opening Remarks

      • Bill Yarborough, Special Assistant to the Commissioner of Agriculture, North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

      • Timothy Beard, State Conservationist, North Carolina, USDA NRCS

      • William Hodge, PhD, President, National Association of RC

  • 9:45 Keynote Presentation - USDA NRCS’s Emergency Watershed Protection Program
    - Shawn Anderson, Program Manager
    Anderson’s Presentation

  • 10:30 Break in the Foyer

  • 10:45 Breakout Sessions

    • Football, Religion, Politics and THE THIRD HOUSE Salon B/C
      - William Francis “Noopie” Cosby, Co.
      Noopie’s Presentation

    • RC&Ds and Their Role in the Conservation Partnership Windsor A
      - Terry D’Addio, USDA NRCS

  • 12:00 pm Lunch Provided Foyer/Patio

  • 1:30 pm Video Showcase - RC&D Success Stories Salon B/C

  • 2:30 pm Super Star RC&D Projects Salon B/C

    • Spreading Firewise from Georgia to Virginia
      - Frank Riley, Executive Director, Chestatee-Chattahoochee RC&D
      Riley’s Presentation

    • Leveraging Partnerships - The Ararat River Restoration
      - Darin Young, Pilot View RC&D and Alan Walker, Resource Institute
      Young’s Presentation

    • Bionomic Education Training Center Expansion
      Rudy Langley & Elizabeth Zander, Piedmont Conservation RC&D
      Zander’s Presentation NCSSM Rain Garden Video

    • Showcasing Urban Agriculture and Best Management Practices
      Ellis Lamme, Upper Ocmulgee River Resource Conservation and Development Council
      Lamme’s Presentation

  • 3:15 pm Break in the Foyer

  • 3:30 pm State Funding Streams, the North Carolina Perspective Salon B/C
    Bryan Holloway, Holloway Group, Inc.
    Holloway’s Presentation

  • 3:50 pm Optional - On Your Own Fieldtrip - Meet in the Lobby
    *Bus leaves at 4:15 pm
    Green River Botanicals
    Take a tour of one the first sustainable hemp farms in North Carolina.
    -- Alabama Council of RC&Ds will provide transportation for up to 30.
    -- Sign up at the conference desk.
    -- Tour guided by Green River Botanicals Co-Founders - Sarah & Brad Martin

  • Dinner on your own 

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

  • 7:00 am   Breakfast in the Foyer
    Conference Desk Opens 

  • 8:30 am The Future Today - The Industrial Hemp Industry Salon B/C

    • Moderator: Alan Walker, Resource Institute

    • Phillip Wilson, Division Director, Plant Industry Division - Plant Protection Section, North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Plant Industries
      Wilson’s Presentation

    • Blake Butler, Executive Director, North Carolina Industrial Hemp Assocation
      Video - Butler’s Presentation

    • Jeanine Davis, PhD, Associate Professor & Extension Specialist, NC Alternative Crops & Organics Program, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University
      Davis’ Presentation

    • Sarah Murphy, North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Plant Industries
      Murphy’s Presentation

    • Tony Finch, Industrial Hemp Producer, Finch Farms
      Finch’s Presentation

    • 10 - 10:15 am Break in the Foyer

    • 10:15 - 11:25 am Audience Q&A with Panelists

  • 11:30 am Live Survey - Future RC&D Conferences
    - Ashley Hawkins, Resource Institute

  • 11:45 am Lunch on your own

  • 1:30 pm Free Time in Asheville - See the Conference Desk for Tourism Information and Discounts

  • 1:30 pm State Association Meetings

    • North Carolina Association of RC&D Councils Salon B/C

    • Georgia Association of RC&D Councils Windsor A

  • 6 - 8:00 pm Awards Banquet Top of the Plaza

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

  • 7:00 am   Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall Salon B/C
    Conference Desk Opens

  • 8:30 am Business Meeting: Southeastern Association of RC&D Councils
    - Craig Sizemore, President, Southeastern Association of RC&D Councils

  • 9:30 am Conference Adjourns
    $500 Drawing (Must Be Present to Win)