Soil and Water Conserv. news 1.27.10

Written by David Green.

Curt Jones and Mike Holland, supervisors for the Fulton Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) joined conservation leaders from Ohio’s 88 SWCDs and others in Columbus for the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation District’s 67th Annual Meeting. This year’s meeting of nearly 400 leaders focused on the theme “Conservation: Leading into the Future.”

During the two-day event, participants were involved in a live taping of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s “Town Hall Ohio” concerning conservation issues and challenges facing Ohio, leadership training activities and workshops focused on a diverse array of conservation topics.

“Conservation programs and practices have a tremendous positive impact on our state and nation’s economy, our food resources, energy, education and environment,” Holland said.

“Working together with various partners, key Ohio businesses, and dedicated conservation leaders has enabled us to make a positive impact to our quality of living today–and for the future,” Jones added.

Another highlight of this year’s event was a community service initiative supported by the meeting participants, who made food and monetary donations to benefit the Mid Ohio Food Bank. As a result of this campaign, 421 pounds of food and $520 dollars were donated to the bank, providing 421 meals to individuals in need, as well as $4,160 dollars in purchasing power to buy additional resources to benefit food pantries located throughout Ohio.

For more information on the programs offered by the Fulton Soil and Water Conservation District, visit www.fultoncountyoh.

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