Dickinson County Conservation District

To help people in the stewardship of our natural resources by providing education and assistance through partnership efforts.

Operating as usual

[11/04/20]   The next meeting of the Dickinson County Conservation District Board of Supervisors will be held on Monday, November 9 at 10:00 at the Abilene Public Library meeting room.

Halloween pollinators have landed at the USDA Service Center in Abilene.

[10/08/20]   Cost-share funds are still available for failed septic systems and abandoned well-plugging projects in Dickinson County. Landowners are eligible for up to $1,500 in cost-share funding to assist in the implementation of septic systems and lagoons or $300 to plug abandoned wells. Help protect Kansas water supply from contamination! Contact the Dickinson County Conservation District for more details.

[10/05/20]   The next Board meeting will be held at the Abilene Public Library meeting room at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, October 13, 2020.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Today, and every day, we honor the memories of those lost in the tragic events of September 11th. We will never forget.


Forgotten farmers ask Congress for relief in next COVID-19 loan package

ksn.com Only a tiny fraction of American farmers have been able to access coronavirus relief through the paycheck protection plan loan.

Science Through Nature

Firefly season is upon us! Did you know that each species has its own unique flashing pattern? Or that chemistry is behind their ability to light up? Use this infographic to learn more about these incredible insects! #sciencethroughnature


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The USDA Service Center will be closed Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day on Saturday, July 4. We wish everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July!

KABI the General

Cowboy & Cowgirl Nation—
This is what we know at this time and how we are moving forward.
An AHS student who has attended our 6:00 a.m. weights/conditioning sessions and football camp this week has been exposed to COVID-19 through a sibling that has tested positive.
Our AHS student and other family members are being tested.
Until our Dickinson County Health Officer knows the results of these tests and has had a chance to confer with the state epidemiologist, we will proceed as follows.
—All high school and middle school summer conditioning and athletic opportunities will be postponed.
Why middle school? We have potentially exposed coaches who oversee summer opportunities at both AHS and AMS.
—The Dickinson County Health Officer is recommending any family with a student athlete who attended the 6:00 a.m. weights/conditioning session and/or AHS football camp on or since Wednesday, June 24 self-quarantine until further notice.
—We understand possible frustration. PLEASE do not look to place blame. THIS WAS NOT A INTENTIONAL ACT. We are sending our thoughts and best wishes to our AHS student and family that they all emerge safe and healthy.
—It is a reminder of being aware of how our actions effect others and the need to take recommended precautions to protect not only your own personal health but also the health of those around you.
Be safe Cowboys and Cowgirls. Updates will be shared when more is known.

Kansas Water Office

With the weather warming up Harmful Algae Bloom (HAB) season is starting to pick up but partners like the Milford Lake Watershed are working to reduce nutrient runoff which contributes to the formation of HABs within Milford Lake. Learn More at https://www.kwo.ks.gov/projects/milford-rcpp

Partners Include: Acorns Resort, City of Lawrence, Kansas - Municipal Government, City of Olathe, KS Government, City of Topeka Government, Wakefield, Kansas, Clay County Conservation District, Clay County KS Economic Development Group, Cloud County Conservation District, Dickinson County Conservation District, EcoPractices (Sustainability Partners), Flagstop Resort & RV Park, Friends of the Kaw - Kansas Riverkeeper, Geary County Conservation District, Jewell County Conservation District, KAWS Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams, Kansas Biological Survey and KU Field Station, Kansas Department of Agriculture - Division of Conservation, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansas Forest Service, Kansas Soybean, Kansas Water Office, National Sorghum Producers, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Republic County Conservation District, Riley County Conservation District, Sustainable Initiative Environmental Group Consultants-SIEG, The Nature Conservancy in Kansas, Thunderbird Marina & RV Resort, Washington County Conservation District, U.S. Department of Agriculture, WaterOne, Westar Energy Inc

Memorial Health System of Abilene, KS

We may still have the flyover this evening... as the weather has improved and there is some daylight left. Keep your eye to the sky between 6:45 and 7:00 p.m.


Unfortunately, the flyover will NOT occur today as scheduled. They hope to reschedule after this week. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

*UPDATE: The flyover will be delayed...will occur later than 5:10.

THANK YOU TO HEALTH CARE WORKERS! At approximately 5:10 this evening (weather permitting) Fort Riley pilot, CW2 Jeffrey Thompson, will be doing a flyover of Memorial Hospital, in Abilene, to show appreciation to all health care workers. MHS would like to salute and give a big THANK YOU to CW2 Jeffrey Thompson for his service to our country!!!

Note - due to regulations and timing, he will only be able to get as low as 500 ft.

Abilene Area Chamber of Commerce

Please review and implement Dickinson County's Plan for Re-Opening as you move forward with rebooting your area business.

Aaron Estabrook - Manhattan City Commission

Never underestimate the impact of our farmers!

Never underestimate the impact of a Kansas Farmer

Dickinson County Health Department

As of 11:00am 4/7/2020 Dickinson County still has no positive cases of Covid-19. We would like to say KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!

Dickinson County Health Department

A STATEWIDE "Stay Home" order went into effect today, March 30, 202 at 12:01am.
This order OVERRIDES Dickinson County's "stay at home" mandate which was issued last week.



COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

dkcoconservation.com Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the USDA Service Center in Abilene is open for business by phone appointment only. While our staff will continue to come into the office, they will be working with our agricultural producers by phone and using email and online tools whenever possible. Field work, includ...

Dickinson County Emergency Communications

Not sure if this has happened locally yet so let's stop it now. The Federal Government will not call asking for your bank account info to deposit your stimulus check!

Dickinson County, Kansas

We've received a lot of questions in regards to the Stay at Home Order that goes in effect tomorrow, Wednesday, March 25th. We've compiled a list of FAQ's to help answer some questions you may have.

1. Can I go to work?
Yes. The order does not stop you from going to work. If you question whether your place of work will be open, please contact your employer.
2. Can I drive in or through the county?
Yes. The order does not restrict your ability to travel. It restricts gatherings of 10 or more people and cautions strongly against any non-essential contact.
3. Do I need a special ID to prove I’m on essential business?
No. There is no “Essential Business” ID or any requirement to carry a special ID designating you as “essential personnel.”
4. Can I still buy my groceries at the store?
Yes. We encourage the use of delivery services to limit non-essential contact, but the order does not stop you from going to the grocery store to do your shopping.
5. Can I still order from restaurants?
Yes. You cannot dine-in, but many restaurants have take-out and/or delivery service available.
6. Can I keep my hair/nail appointment?
No. Hair salons are not on the list of “Essential Businesses”
7. Can I call a plumber/electrician/repairman or purchase the goods to do a repair myself?
Yes. These are all “Essential Businesses” and have not been closed or restricted by the order.
8. Can my kids still pick up their meal at the school?
Yes. Contact your school district for more information, but most are offering this as a drive-up service
9. Will the police stop me to check where I am going?
Not because of this order. They have the authority cite you for violations of the order, but the order is about limiting non-essential contact, not about restricting travel.
10. Will my daycare close?
Daycares are “Essential Businesses” and are not closed by the order. There are safety guidelines related to daycare services, but it is up to the daycare provider to determine whether or not they will remain open.

The full order can be viewed at https://www.dkcoks.org/DocumentCenter/View/7139/2020-03-23-Emergency-Order-of-Local-Health-Officer

Abilene Kansas

Notice: Order of Dickinson County Health Officer - no mass gatherings are permitted in Dickinson County whereby there will be in excess of 10 people until further notice.

Note: No dine-in service at restaurants will be permitted.

Read the full notice at: https://www.abilenecityhall.com/DocumentCenter/View/2965/Health-Officer-Order-03202020?bidId=

[03/17/20]   In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the staff at the USDA Service Center in Abilene is working in a limited capacity with no public contact, effective March 23, 2020 until further notice. The safety of our producers, clients, and Service Center staff is our first concern. Please call 785-263-2787 (Conservation District and NRCS) or 785-263-1351 (FSA) for further information. Please, follow the directions of our local, state, and federal government officials to limit social interaction and stop the spread of this disease. We look forward to working with you again soon.

Kansas Department of Health & Environment: Division of Public Health - COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus)

kdheks.gov The Kansas Division of Public Health is one of three divisions within the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The Division works with local health departments and other organizations to help assure the health of Kansans through public health services and regulatory programs.


Forms – Dickinson County Conservation District

Don't forget our scholarship deadline is approaching! Application packets are due no later than April 10, 2020 by 4:30 pm at the USDA Service Center in Abilene. Applications are available on our website: https://dkcoconservation.com/forms-and-publications/

dkcoconservation.com Forms State-Cost-Share Share-ApplicationDownload W-9-Form (required for all state cost-share applicationsDownload 2020 Scholarship ApplicationDownload 2020-03-03 By: cindy.montgomery On: March 3, 2020


Eighteen Things We've Learned About the Oceans in the Last Decade

18 things we've learned about the oceans in the last decade

smithsonianmag.com In the past 10 years, the world's oceans have faced new challenges, revealed new wonders, and provided a roadmap for future conservation


Is the Amazon on a Road to Ruin?

Ecologists fear that repaving the highway known as BR-319 will open new sections of the Amazon to catastrophic deforestation.

smithsonianmag.com Brazil’s plan to develop a lonesome track in the heart of the rainforest poses a threat the whole world may someday have to overcome


Scientists Don't Know Why Freshwater Mussels Are Dying Across North America

Scientists Don't Know Why Freshwater Mussels Are Dying Across North America

smithsonianmag.com Mussel species are dying en mass in rivers across the Pacific Northwest, Midwest and South—likely from unidentified pathogens


Endangered Mountain Gorilla Populations Are Growing

This is a win, but the battle isn't over.

smithsonianmag.com But the animals remain threatened with extinction


A Hawaii Museum Has Eliminated the Sale of All Single-Use Plastics

A Hawaii Museum Has Eliminated the Sale of All Single-Use Plastics

smithsonianmag.com The Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum in Honolulu hopes to set a positive example in the fight for a more sustainable future


Baby Black Rhino Born at Michigan Zoo on Christmas Eve

A milestone for conservationists trying to save the critically endangered species!

smithsonianmag.com The birth of the yet-to-be-named male calf marks a milestone for conservationists trying to save the critically endangered species


Will Love Bloom Between Two Sloths at the National Zoo?

This zoo hasn't seen a baby sloth since 1984!

smithsonianmag.com Keepers are gradually introducing Athena, who made her debut at the zoo in December, to fellow two-toed sloth Vlad. Sparks have not flown—yet


Can Scientists Protect North Atlantic Right Whales by Counting Them From Space?

Counting whales from space!

smithsonianmag.com A new collaboration between the New England Aquarium and the engineering firm Draper seeks to use satellite sonar and radar data to create a global watch


The Chinese Paddlefish, Which Lived for 200 Million Years, Is Now Extinct

Overfishing and dam construction drove the roughly 200-million-year-old animals to extinction. They haven't been seen since 2003.

smithsonianmag.com New research concludes the freshwater species likely disappeared between 2005 and 2010 due to human activity


Coyotes Poised to Infiltrate South America

Kansas has between 200,000 and 300,000 coyotes during the summer months. Some of them are heading south!

smithsonianmag.com The crab-eating fox and the coyote may soon swap territories, initiating the first American cross-continental exchange in more than three million years


Ancient Bat Guano Reveals Thousands of Years of Human Impact on the Environment

Who knew one of our pollinators could reveal so much?

smithsonianmag.com Like sediment cores, ice samples and tree rings, bat excrement can be used to study the climate of the past

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