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It is important that supervisors on each county’s Soil and Water Conservation District board learn more about their duties and responsibilities in serving their county.  As each supervisor joins the board, he or she is issued a helpful handbook explaining the basics of what a conservation district does and what the supervisor’s responsibilities are.  Further information is provided at trainings and meetings held across the Commonwealth through the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts and the Soil and Water Conservation Commission.

The field representatives assigned to each county are available to answer questions and help the district supervisors navigate the roles and responsibilities of serving on the board.  Recently, the field representatives have begun presenting a 10-minute training module during each district board meeting.  These modules are designed to give the supervisors necessary information throughout the year rather than waiting for yearly centralized trainings.

The Soil and Water Conservation Commission allows each county to increase a supervisor's per diem payment as an incentive to attend trainings.  If a supervisor attends two qualifying events during a fiscal year, they may receive up to $25 more per meeting during the next fiscal year.  This increase must be approved by the local conservation district board and the Soil and Water Conservation Commission before taking effect.  A supervisor must attend at least eight of 12 of the 10-minute training modules in a fiscal year to count as one qualifying event.  Other qualifying events include, but are not limited to, National Association of Conservation District events, Kentucky Association of Conservation District events and area meetings.

Suggestions for topics for trainings can be sent to the Division of Conservation by emailing

10-Minute Trainings
DownloadMonth Presented
Manure SamplingJanuary 2024
ElectionsFebruary 2024
Social MediaMarch 2024
Open MeetingsApril 2024
Recent LegislationMay 2024
Previous Years' 10-Minute Training
DownloadMonth Presented
Budget Preparation.pdfFebruary 2010
Section 1619 of the 2008 Farm Bill.pdfMarch 2010
Open Meeting and Open Records.pdfApril 2010
Supervisors' Elections.pdfMay 2010
Protecting Taxpayer Funds.pdfJune 2010
Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share.pdfJuly 2010
Public Perception.pdfAugust 2010
Supervisor Ethics.pdfSeptember 2010
Parliamentary Procedure.pdfOctober 2010
General Funds and Millage Tax.pdfNovember 2010
Increasing Millage Tax.pdfNovember 2010
Developing an Annual Plan of Work.pdfDecember 2010
Budgets.pdfJanuary 2011
Personnel.pdfFebruary 2011
Awards for Conservation Districts.pdfMarch 2011
Effective Meetings.pdfApril 2011
Being Responsible for Taxpayer Funds.pptxMay 2011
Labor Laws.pdfJune 2011
Promoting Art and Writing Contest in Your County.pdfJuly 2011
Legal Notices, Annual Reports and AFR.pdfAugust 2011
The Bidding Process.pdfSeptember 2011
Bonding.pdfOctober 2011
Roles of SWCC and KACD.pdfNovember 2011
Budget and Annual Plan of Work.pdfDecember 2011
Connecting with Elected Officials.pdfJanuary 2012
Supervisor Elections.pdfFebruary 2012
Earth Team Volunteers.pdfMarch 2012
Open Meetings and Open Records.pdfApril 2012
Conservation Education.pdfMay 2012
Ethics.pdfJune 2012
Setting District Policy.pdfJuly 2012
Thinking Outside the Box.pdfAugust 2012
Promoting Art and Writing.pdfSeptember 2012
Conservation Partnership Survey Results.pdfOctober 2012
Appointment of Supervisors.pdfNovember 2012
Conservation Districts - How We Began.pdfDecember 2012
Where Are We Now.pdfJanuary 2013
Where Do We Go From Here.pdfFebruary 2013
Civil Rights.pdfMarch 2013
Knowing Your District's Finances and Plans.pdfApril 2013
Updating Plans of Work and Budgets.pdfJuly 2013
Effective Listening.pdfAugust 2013
Creating a Long Range Plan.pdfSeptember 2013
Personnel Issues.pdfOctober 2013
Crisis Plans.pdfNovember 2013
Per Diem.pdfJanuary 2014
Business Communication.pdfFebruary 2014
Agricultural Districts.pdfApril 2014
Open Meetings and Open Records (May 2014).pdfMay 2014
Our Mission.pdfJune 2014
Financial Responsibilities.pdfJuly 2014
Legal Notices and Annual Reports.pdfAugust 2014
Conservation District Dress Codes.pdfSeptember 2014
Soil Health.pdfNovember 2014
Security.pdfDecember 2014
Budgets 2015.pdfFebruary 2015
On-Farm Composting.pdfMarch 2015
Being a Good Supervisor.pdfApril 2015
Awards 2015.pdfMay 2015
Acronyms.pdfJune 2015
Open Meetings and Open Records 2015.pdfJuly 2015
Conservation Programs Committee.pdfAugust 2015
District Outlook and Leadership Development Committee.pdfSeptember 2015
Forestry Committee.pdfNovember 2015
Natural Resources Committee 1 of 2.pdfDecember 2015
Natural Resources 2 of 2.pdfJanuary 2016
Research Committee.pdfFebruary 2016
Public Information and Awards.pdfMarch 2016
Soil Stewardship.pdfApril 2016
PL 566.pdfMay 2016
Resolutions.pdfJune 2016
Open Meetings and Open Records (September 2016).pdfSeptember 2016
Public Perception (December 2016).pdfDecember 2016
Ag Districts.pdfJanuary 2017
Watershed Conservancy Districts.pdfFebruary 2017
State Cost Share.pdfMarch 2017
Accountability.pdfApril 2017
Budgets and Financial Responsibility.pdfMay 2017
Conservation Partnership.pdfJune 2017
Per Diem 2017.pdfJuly 2017
Conservation Partnership Survey.pdfAugust 2017
Effective Meetings and Effective Minutes.pdfSeptember 2017
Resolving Conflict.pdfOctober 2017
Parliamentary Procedure 2017.pdfNovember 2017
Collaborative Survey.pdfDecember 2017
Creating and Amending an Annual Budget.pdfJanuary 2018
Harassment.pdfFebruary 2018
Collaborative Survey 3.pdfMarch 2018
Ethics in Conservation Programs.pdfApril 2018
Adding Supervisors to Board.pdfMay 2018
2018 SCS Revision.pdfJune 2018
Division of Conservation Transition.pdfJuly 2018
KACDE Conference.pdfAugust 2018
Equipment Loans.pdfSeptember 2018
Ag Water Quality Plan.pdfOctober 2018
District Funding.pdfNovember 2018
Filling Supervisor Vacancies.pdfDecember 2018
Supervisor Involvement.pdfJanuary 2019
Creating a Working and Effective District Budget.pdfFebruary 2019
SCS Application Process.pdfMarch 2019
Special Called Meetings.pdfApril 2019
Environmental Grants.pdfMay 2019
Annual Financial Reports.pdfJune 2019
Technical Assistance Process.pdfJuly 2019
How Laws Are Made In Kentucky.pdfAugust 2019
Dead Animal Composting.pdfSeptember 2019
Navigating the Conservation Website.pdfOctober 2019
Positive Public Relations.pdfNovember 2019
The Bidding Process (2019).pdfDecember 2019
Per Diem (2020).pdfJanuary 2020
Nutrient Management Planning.pdfFebruary 2020
Testing for Maximizing Nutrient Management.pdfMarch 2020
Conducting Effective Meetings.pdfApril 2020
Supervisor Elections (2020).pdfMay 2020
Lagoon Closures.pdfJune 2020
Social Media.pdfJuly 2020
State Cost Share Regulation Revision Summary.pdfAugust 2020
Environmental Grants (2020).pdfSeptember 2020
Becoming an Active Board Member.pdfOctober 2020
Effective Listening (2020).pdfNovember 2020
Annual Planning.pdfDecember 2020
Elevator Pitches.pdfJanuary 2021
Board Member Responsibilites.pdfFebruary 2021
Open Meetings and Open Records (2021).pdfMarch 2021
How To Have A More Active Conservation District.pdfApril 2021
Districts in Good Standing Program.pdfMay 2021
Equipment Revolving Loan Fund.pdfJune 2021
Per Diem (2021).pdfJuly 2021
Financial Planning and Reporting.pdfAugust 2021
Conservation District Personnel.pdfSeptember 2021
Fundraising for Districts.pdfOctober 2021
Code of Ethics.pdfNovember 2021
Contingency Funds.pdfDecember 2021
Preparing, Reviewing and Revising Your Annual Budget.pdfJanuary 2022
District Bonding.pdfFebruary 2022
Hiring and Training New District Employees.pdfMarch 2022
Annual Financial Reports (April 2022).pdfApril 2022
Supervisor Elections (May 2022).pdfMay 2022
Policy and Procedures.pdfJune 2022
Fence Removing Animals from Streams.pdfJuly 2022
Filter Strips.pdfAugust 2022
Watering Facilities.pdfSeptember 2022
Tree and Shrub Establishment.pdfOctober 2022
CNMP.pdfNovember 2022
Trails and Walkways.pdfDecember 2022
Roof Covers and Runoff Structures.pdfJanuary 2023
State Cost Share Scoring Criteria.pdfFebruary 2023
Riparian Buffers.pdfMarch 2023
Composting Facility.pdfApril 2023
Grassed Waterway.pdfMay 2023
Feeding and Heavy Use Area Management.pdfJune 2023
Backyard Conservation.pdfJuly 2023
Taking Proper Soil Samples.pdfAugust 2023
Filling Supervisor Vacancies 2023.pdfSeptember 2023
Preparing for a Seamless Employee Transition.pdfOctober 2023
Nutrient Management Plans.pdfNovember 2023
Watersheds, Watershed Dams, and Watershed Conservancy Districts.pdfDecember 2023
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