MACD Annual Meeting Info

The Mississippi Association of Conservation Districts will hold its 74th annual meeting in Jackson, Mississippi, January 23-24, 2019.

The meetings will feature traditional and cutting-edge conservation subjects, guest speakers, and entertainment.

Event Schedule

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

 8 AM               Registration

10 AM              Silent Auction Begins/Exhibitor Booths open

10 AM              Conservation Success Stories

11:30 AM         President’s Awards Luncheon

Presiding: Jerry Smith, President, MACD


State Envirothon Winner:  – presented by MDEQ

Envirothon Special Recognition Award

Poster & Essay Awards

Outstanding Teacher Awards

Outstanding Membership Drive Award

Newsletter Award

Photo Award

Friend of Conservation Award

Outstanding Cropland Conservationist

Outstanding Wildlife Conservationist

Outstanding Livestock Environmental Stewardship

Outstanding District in Woodland Conservation

MACD Endowment Scholarships/Grants

NRCS Earth Team Awards

2-4:30 PM       Opening Session

Presiding: Anita Cowan, First Vice President, MACD

Presentation of Colors:

National Anthem:

In Memoriam

District Success Stories


Keynote Address:

4:45 PM           Silent Auction Closes for the Day

5:30 PM           Endowment/ Legislative Reception

6:30 PM           Live Auction

Thursday, January 23, 2020

7:30 AM           MACD Board Meeting

8:00 AM          District Employees’ Breakfast/Business Meeting

8:00 AM          Registration

9 – 9:50 AM    Concurrent Sessions

9:30 – 11 AM  MCDEA Education Session

10:00 AM        RC&D

11:30 AM         Commissioner’s Luncheon 

                           Presiding: Jerry Smith, President, MACD

Oath of Office: The Hon. Jim Kitchens, MS Supreme Court Justice

MACD Officer Elections

Commissioner Training

1 – 4:30 PM     MCDEA Training

1:45 PM           Silent Auction Closes

2:00    PM       General Session

Presiding: Nick Elmore, Second Vice President, MACD


4:00 PM           Congressional Caucus, Districts 3 & 4

5:30 PM            Social

6:00 PM            Banquet

Presiding: Jerry Smith, President, MACD

Master of Ceremonies:

Keynote Speaker:

District Employee of the Year

NRCS Employee of the Year

Commissioner of the Year

Outstanding Legislators

Hall of Fame Inductee-Southeast Region,

MCDEA Raffle

President’s Award

MACD thanks the following sponsors for their generous support: Southern Ag Credit, First South Farm Credit, BankPlus, Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, Alcorn State University,  Mississippi Conservation District Employees Association, Mississippi Association of Conservation Districts Auxiliary, Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation, Mississippi Soil and Water Conservation Commission


Jerry Smith, President

Anita Cowan, First Vice President

Nick Elmore, Second Vice President

Pete Hunter, Past President

Gary Blair, NACD Executive Board Member

Hope Daley, Secretary/Treasurer