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.
Department of Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder has appointed Hans
Schmidt to Assistant Secretary of Resource Conservation, effective . 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
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.
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.