Curt Jones and Larry Short represented the Fulton Soil and Water Conservation District this month at the 70th annual meeting of the Ohio Federation meeting.
More than 400 conservation leaders representing the state's 88 district offices met in Columbus for a program titled "70 Years of Conservation: Events that Shaped Our Lives." In addition to a variety of educational briefings, participants met with lawmakers during a legislative reception to share local conservation successes and challenges, as well as to discuss the state budget.
Conference speakers included Purdue University Department of History’s Dr. R. Douglas Hurt who spoke about the history of the Dust Bowl; Author Trudy E. Bell, who discussed the history of the 1913 flood and the potential for flooding issues in the future; USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services’ Regional Conservationist Richard Sims, who discussed federal issues including the Farm Bill and sequestration issues; and a panel discussion on state issues and challenges highlighted by state agency directors.
“Our time in Columbus was well-spent,” Jones said. “This is an event to further prepare and equip Ohio’s 88 county soil and water conservation districts to deliver effective and efficient conservation programs and practices to Ohio’s citizens.”
The winter meeting helps train conservation leaders to deliver programs that promote healthy soils, water quality, food development, energy production and more.
To learn more about the work Ohio’s SWCDs are doing, contact Kim Bowles at Fulton SWCD or visit the OFSWCD at www.ofswcd.org.