Coronavirus Outbreak Forces Change In Operations

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020

The Offices will not be accessible to the Public until advised by Parks that we may open our office to the Public.

Continue reading below for more information.

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Montgomery Soil Conservation District (MSCD)’s major function is to analyze natural resource needs and provide technical services to design and implement programs to solve soil and water conservation problems. District staff work closely with state extension and federal Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff to provide a science-based approach to these areas of agricultural production. Although landowners pay for implementation of Best Management Practices, the technical services provided by the District are without cost.

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Notice: Coronavirus Outbreak Forces Change In Operations

In response to the Montgomery County Government and Governor Larry Hogan’s actions taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the agricultural agencies are altering their operations as outlined below.

 

The Agricultural History Farm Park (AHFP) building is closed to the general public until further notice.

 

All of the agencies are currently functioning, and staff will be available during the normal business hours of 8am – 4:30pm; however, employees are teleworking. We will be utilizing technology and electronic formats and appointments will be held via email and/or conference call.

 

University of Maryland Extension (UME)

  • Leave a message at 301-590-9638 which is being monitored during these business hours and your message will be routed to the appropriate faculty or staff.

  • All UME in-person public meetings will be cancelled, postponed or held via teleconference.

  • Governor Hogan issued an executive order providing a grace period for any state licenses, permits and/or registrations that may be expiring or up for renewal during the state of emergency. Renewal deadlines will be extended up to 30 days after the state of emergency is lifted. This order applies to a number of items issued by MDA programs, including but not limited to: pesticide applicator licenses, State Chemist product registrations and nutrient management certifications.

  • Any questions regarding specific programs or services should be emailed to your program leader or yingling@umd.edu to be directed to the proper person.

 

Montgomery Soil Conservation District (MSCD)

  • During this time, the MSCD will be focusing on 3 areas of critical operations listed below. All other services will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

  1. Coordinating with appropriate officials concerning any imminent environmental water quality impact;

  2. Providing oversight with construction projects that are ongoing and underway; 

  3. Processing cost share program payments to minimize delays for reimbursements to cooperators. 

  • For MSCD, NRCS, please call 301-590-2855 or 301-590-2831 – calls will be returned as soon as possible.

 

Farm Service Agency (FSA)

 

Montgomery County Office of Agriculture (OAG)

 

This is a rapidly changing situation and further actions may become necessary as conditions are reassessed and warranted.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. Please understand that these measures, although temporary, are necessary to limit in-person transactions and safeguard the health of its employees, stakeholders and the general public.

 

For more information on the statewide response to COVID-19, please visit https://governor.maryland.gov/coronavirus/

 

For Montgomery County COVID-19 information, visit https://montgomerycountymd.gov/HHS/RightNav/Coronavirus.html

 

Services

We now offer local funding assistance for livestock fencing around the County

Rent the District's no-till drill, manure spreader, walk-behind tractor, and plastic mulch lifter

The USDA's soil survey provides soil data and maps for more than 95% of the nation’s counties

Find information on fertility and weed control, soil testing, and more

Our Manure Exchange Program for cooperators around the county is now open

Email an MSCD Staff Member for Conservation Support

 

What’s New?

PDF: Buying a Farm. Downloadable resource from MSCD.

"Picturing Yourself on Your Own Farm?" - Our new pamphlet is now available.

We're thrilled to announce that Montgomery SCD won THREE awards at the 2018 Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts annual conference:
Conservation Education District
Outstanding Newsletter
3rd place in the MidAtlantic Farm Credit Outstanding District Award

 
 

Education Programs

There is no aspect of our work that has more bearing on the future, or gives us more satisfaction than enriching someone’s knowledge about agriculture, soil conservation, and resource protection.  It is a priority that is intertwined in everything we do. 
 
The Supervisors exhibit their dedication to education by participating in Close Encounters with Agriculture, being judges for the State and National Envirothon competitions, and giving presentations to schools. 
 
The Staff makes conservation education an important part of their daily routine – every phone call, every meeting with a farmer, every talk for students is an opportunity to educate.

Upcoming Events

**Note that due to COVID-19​
County Agricultural Fair
August 2020
Annual Cooperators Dinner
September 9, 2020
 
Close Encounters with Agriculture
October 2020
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Montgomery Soil Conservation District

18410 Muncaster Rd

Derwood, MD 20855

301-590-2855

Hours:

8:00am - 4:30pm

Monday -Friday

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