The 67th annual meeting of the Cass County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) was held February 11 at St. Luke’s Hall in Virginia.
The meeting began with a catered meal from Kelly Cagle of The Depot Restaurant. During the business meeting James Dambacher, Amy Hardwick and John Winkelman were elected for a two-year term on the board of directors.
Mark Hitz, District Conservationist gave an update on the current programs offered by the Natural Resource Conser-
vation Service (NRCS). The Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) and the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) are the two main programs that are currently offered for landowners. A majority of the contracts funded through EQIP are livestock applications. A new farm bill has finally been approved by Congress. Mark asks anyone to give him a call or stop by the office if you would like more information on any NRCS program.
Glenda Cox recognized the kids and their parents that were winners of the poster/essay contest on Soil to Spoon. The winners of the poster contest were as follows: Aryssa Birch from A-C Central, Julissa Lopez from Gard, Jayla Waid from Trinity and Bryce Bowman from Virginia. Julissa Lopez was the overall winner from all the schools. Maggie Merwin from A-C Central and Megan Stone from Virginia were winners of the essay contest. Maggie Merwin was the overall winner. The overall winners will have their name engraved on a traveling plaque that the school keeps until the following year’s contest.
The guest speaker for the evening was Mike Wiker who studies butterflies and moths. Mike gave a very interesting power point presentation. Mike also had several items on display for everyone to see. Several questions were asked.
The district wants to once again thank all our business contributors. Without their contributions to the district every year, the annual meeting would not be possible.