The 77th Annual Meeting of the Highland Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) was held Oct. 10 at the Ponderosa Banquet Center in Hillsboro. During the meeting several awards were presented, including land judging awards, and conservation poster contest winners were recognized.
The Highland SWCD was honored to have Ohio Department of Agriculture Assistant Director Tim Derickson in attendance this year to present the Karnes family with a Bicentennial Farm award as part of the Ohio Historic Farms program.
Nathan Brown took home top honors at this years’ meeting by being named the 2019 Cooperator of the Year by the Highland SWCD supervisors and staff. Brown was selected due to his devotion to agricultural and the determination to improve soil health and water quality throughout his farming operation. He has worked diligently with local landowners to install much needed conservation practices on their farms. Brown is a well-respected leader in the agricultural industry and serves as an example of how to incorporate best management practices that will protect natural resources.
The election of supervisors for the board of the Highland Soil & Water Conservation District was also held during the meeting. There were three candidates running this year for two available positions serving a three-year term beginning January 2020. The candidates on the ballot were Jim Carr, Kyle Mustard and Elliot Walker. When the election results were tallied both Jim Carr and Kyle Mustard were re-elected to serve another term. Other members of the Highland SWCD Board of Supervisors include Larry Shannon, Dan Chambers and Mike Penn.
Submitted by Pam Bushelman, Highland SWCD, district operations manager.