The Knox-Lincoln SWCD Board of Directors and staff, as well as the Association of Conservation Districts of Maine (MACD) Executive Committee have announced that Mark Hedrich, of Agricola Farms, in the Union, has been accepted by National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) for entry to their Hall of Distinction in 2022.

Hedrich’s service and contributions span local, state, and national conservation. His volunteer leadership as President of the Knox-Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District for several decades – 36 years of continuous service – has impacted the region by identifying and addressing natural resource priorities. , highlighting and helping to address the region’s own resource issues, as well as supporting education and awareness raising to inform local landowners of available services, funding opportunities, and important issues for landowners at all levels; from recent landowners to novice farmers to various property owners / managers.

When not farming in the Union or helping Knox-Lincoln SWCD or MACD, Hedrich can be found at the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry as a specialist of Nutrient Management, where it helps producers plan for nutrient management, solar grazing efforts, irrigation and composting. statewide management.

In addition, Hedrich’s knowledge of farming operations, resources, permit requirements, and soil health provide important information and recommendations for creating and maintaining information resources – published documents. , brochures and best management practices guides – provide the farming community with vital state-wide materials.

As an expert in carcass composting, Hedrich has also helped the farming community at the national level. He is a recognized USDA composting expert. As such, Hedrich was deployed in 2018 to North Carolina to help poultry farms recover from Hurricane Florence, where he worked directly with producers to oversee losses of poultry (broilers) through the composting.

“His expertise and willingness to deploy is important during these types of catastrophic events to ensure sustainability and on-site safety during devastating animal losses,” the Soil and Water Conservation District said. of Knox-Lincoln, in a press release.

A member of the executive committee of the Association of Conservation Districts of Maine, Hedrich makes recommendations and offers advice to advance the profile and public awareness of soil and water conservation districts.

“With long-term knowledge of conservation methods, common sense decision-making and skills that provide extensive assistance, Mark Hedrich deserves more than recognition from the Hall of Distinction of the National Association of Conservation Districts. “said KL SWCD.

The induction ceremony will take place at the annual meeting of the National Association of Conservation Districts in February 2022.

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