Jim Linne of White Clover Farm took home top honors at this years’ Annual Meeting by being named the 2016 Cooperator of the year by the Highland SWCD supervisors and staff. Linne was selected due to his devotion to agricultural and the determination to improve soil health and water quality throughout his operation. Linne has installed and utilized various conservation practices over the years. He are a well-respected leader in the agricultural industry and provides an outstanding example of how to incorporate conservation practices that will protect the natural resources of Highland County.
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Bushelman Awarded Employee of Year at Area 5 Winter Meeting
Highland Soil and Water Conservation District attended the Area 5 winter meeting held on December 7th at Emmett Chapel United Methodist Church in Circleville. At the meeting Pam Bushelman, District Operations Manager received the Area 5 Service Award for Employee of the Year. Jim Carr, SWCD Fiscal Agent, had the honor of presenting Pam the award on behalf of the Highland SWCD Board and the Area 5 Directors. Pam is a native of Highland County and lives on the family farm where she grew up. Pam started her career with the district as the administrative assistant, where she managed the financial records for the board and performed general office duties. As she gained experience with soil and water conservation she started assisting customers and helping other staff implement various conservation programs in the county. Over time, Pam became more involved and assisted with various education events. She has hosted several events and has partnered with surrounding SWCDs to offer educational programs for both students and adults. In addition, she also supports our local Envirothon teams, manages the county conservation poster contest, and helps many high school students better understand agriculture and soil and water conservation through the county’s annual Ag Reality program. In 2012, the Highland SWCD Board promoted Pam to the position of District Operations Manager, and since then she has taken on even greater leadership roles within our district and the community. The Highland Soil and Water Conservation District Board and Staff would like to thank Pam for her dedicated service for nearly 15 years.
2017 FARM TOUR DATE ANNOUNCED
The Highland Soil and Water Conservation District and the Highland County Farm Bureau are excited to announce that plans for the 4th Annual Highland County Farm Tour are underway! Please mark your calendars for the tentative date of September 16, 2017 for this year’s Tour! This collorabitive event will feature unique farms in the Greenfield area that are incorporating conservation practice in their operation to enhance water quality and reduce soil erosion. This event will showcase farms in the community and allow people the opportunity to learn first-hand by visiting their facilities. Once the event is finalized we will post a detailed list of the farm stops on our websites. Visit www.highlandswcd.com or www.ofbf.org/counties/highland periodically for more details. If you would like to be added to the Farm Tour mailing list to receive notification of the event, please call the SWCD office at 937-393-1922 x 3.
Clear Creek RCPP USDA Funding Awarded
The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) promotes coordination between NRCS and its partners to deliver conservation assistance to producers and landowners. Lead Partner, Highland Soil and Water Conservation District was recently awarded funding for The Clear Creek RCPP Water Quality and Wildlife Habitat Initiative with the help of various partners including Ohio Department of Natural Resources-Division of Wildlife, City of Hillsboro, US Fish and Wildlife, and National Wild Turkey Federation.
This innovative project will implement a series of agricultural best management practices to protect water quality, improve soil health and provide habitat for at risk species in the Clear Creek Watershed. It will also help protect the City of Hillsboro’s drinking water supply and provide prescribed habitat for Ohio’s diminished Bobwhite Quail population and native pollinators. Project goals for conservation practices include the installation of cover crops, nutrient management, grassed waterways, and certain prescribed wildlife management practices that improve habitat for targeted species. The project will utilize the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) and partner funds to meet the project goals. Implementation of BMPs will be prioritized upstream of the City of Hillsboro’s drinking water intake and within the wildlife focus area for Bobwhite Quail. If you are in the Clear Creek Watershed and would like more information on the program you may contact the NRCS/SWCD office at 937-393-1922.
All Highland Soil and Water Conservation District programs and services are offered on a non-discriminatory basis without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status.