The Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts (MASCD) serves as the voice for Maryland's 24 soil and water conservation districts on state legislative issues. It also provides a forum for training, policy-making and the exchange of information at their annual  and quarterly gatherings.

MASCD Mission is to: promote practical and effective soil, water, and related natural resources programs to all citizens through individual conservation districts on a voluntary basis through leadership, education, cooperation and local direction. 

MASCD Executive Director, Lynne Hoot Retires

After 35 years of service to Maryland's agriculture community, Lynne Hoot retires at the end of September. Please join MASCD wishing her well at the YellowFin Restaurant in Edgewater Monday, September 26th (RSVP deadline September 15). For more information, click retirement details.

Montgomery County farmer Drew Stabler Recipient of the 2016 Good Steward Program

Drew Stabler didn’t learn the importance of conservation and sustainable farming so much as he absorbed it throughout a lifetime and six decades of farming.

His journey to achieve sustainability earned Stabler recognition from the National Corn Growers Association for Good Stewardship during the recent 2016 Commodity Classic convention and trade show. more

Our very own Hans Schmidt chosen as New Assistant Secretary of Resource Conservation

SchmidtMaryland Department of Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder has appointed Hans Schmidt to Assistant Secretary of Resource Conservation, effective December 2. He will replace Royden Powell who retired on November 30 after serving MDA for more than 20 years in various capacities.

“We are very pleased to announce this appointment,” said Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder. “Hans’ expertise and accomplishments in resource conservation will be invaluable as we move forward with implementing programs that protect both our famers and our natural resources.” more

Charles Rice selected as new MASCD President

Hoot, Rice, Hans 2016

MASCD welcomes Charles Rice as its new president. Charles is stepping up from his Vice-president role to replace Hans Schmidt who has joined MDA as the Assistant Secretary for Resource Conservation.

"The Science of Soil Health: Going Deeper"

Scientest Dr. Ray Weil, author of the 15th edition of The Nature and Properties of Soils, discusses nutrient and water-holding capacity below the 8-10 inches of soil.


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