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Training Opportunities - Management and Leadership

Financial Administration for Districts

Frequently Asked Questions on District Financial Administration - This document provides guidance on the Local Government Budget and Fiscal Control Act and how it relates to local soil and water conservation districts. Document developed by the UNC School of Government

Budget and Financial Managment for SWCDs - Presentation prepared by the UNC-School of Government that further defines financial administration for districts

Simple Steps for SWCDs to comply with the LGBFCA - Basic outline for districts who manage any or all of thier own finances

District Internal AuditDistrict can utilize this checklist if needed to conduct an internal audit

Suggested Internal Control Procedures - Suggestions from the Local Government Commission for units of government with limited number of personnel

Independant Public Authorities - For districts that are considered independent public authorities, forms LGC-203 and COLL-91 are required to be submitted to the Local Government Commission

Simple Steps for SWCDs related to Sales and Use Tax - Basic outline for districts that make retail sales

District Confidentiality Guidance

The NC Farm Act of 2020 added North Carolina General Statute 139-8.2:


Suggested Protocol for District Technician to Present Cost Share Items to the Board - March 2021

Online Training Webinar on District Confidentiality - May 2021

Example Cost Share Spreadsheet for Open Meetings

Example Meeting Minutes


Effective District Board Meetings

Grant Writing and Management

Grant - This site hosts several free online trainings as well as those you may register for. Training topics include but are not limited to:

    • Grantseeking Basics
    • Proposal Budgeting Basics
    • Proposal Writing Basics
    • You Got the Grant, Now What?

Hiring and Performance Management

This information is to be used as a guide only, make sure you follow your county or district policies.

Guide on Hiring and Supervising Employees - Developed by Oklahoma Conservation Commission


Tools and Tactics to Market Your Business and Connect with Media - This webinar is an overview of identifying your marketing and media goals and how to showcase your stories. It was developed by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. 

FARM Media and Public Relations Tool Kit for Farmers - This webinar was developed by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. It includes how to generate media coverage, write a press release, interview tips and more public relation resources.

Personnel Management

Managing Technical Professionals - Online interactive training hosted by AgLearn.

Adopting the Appropriate Management Style - Online interactive training hosted by AgLearn.

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently - Online interactive training hosted by AgLearn.

Leadership Skills

Natural Resource Leadership Institute - The Natural Resources Leadership Institute is an  instructional and community service program of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at NC State University. The goal of the Natural Resources Leadership Institute is to improve management and policy decisions affecting North Carolina's communities and natural resources.

Leadership Essentials: Building Your Influence as a Leader - Online interactive training hosted by AgLearn.

Leadership Essentials: Leading Innovation - Online interactive training hosted by AgLearn.


Document Retention and Disposition

Local retention and disposition schedules are a tool for staff to use for managing public records in your office.  Districts should adopt both the General Records Schedule for Local Government Agencies and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts schedule to cover management for all records. The schedules should be adopted by your board at a meeting; signed by the Chair and Department Head; signature pages returned to the Records Analysis Unit with the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources; the schedules can then be used to manage your files.  Details and schedules are available online.


NCDA&CS Division of Soil & Water Conservation, Vernon Cox, Director
Mailing Address: 1614 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1614
Physical Address: 216 West Jones Street, Raleigh North Carolina 27603
Phone: 919.707.3770

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