The Decatur County Soil and Water Conservation District held their Annual Meeting on Monday February 6th at the Knights of St. John Hall in Greensburg.
Roger Wenning welcomed guests and Deb Sellers Catering provided a delicious meal. The Staff was introduced – Jenna Nicholson, SWCD District Coordinator, Scott Sanders, SWCD Natural Resource Technician, Mike Hughes, NRCS District Conservationist, and Cassidy Rohrig, ISDA Resource Specialist.
This meeting was the first in person Annual Meeting in the past few years. Recognition of several years’ award winners took place at this meeting. Recognized for the 2020 River Friendly Farmer of the Year is K&E Farms, Kenny and Ellen Gauck, 2021 River Friendly Farmer of the Year is Larry Nieman, 2021 Conservation Farm of the Year is K&E Farms, 2022 River Friendly Farmer of the Year is Paul Vanderpohl, 2022 Friend of Conservation is KB Specialty Foods with their donation of barrels for the rain barrel workshops, the 2023 Conservation Farmer of the Year is Gauck Farms operated by Tim and Christy Gauck, children Steve and wife Kimmie and family and Diana Horstman and husband Kevin and family. The 2023 Friend of Conservation Award was presented to John and Adele Corya for their efforts to regenerate and update the pollinator garden at the Decatur County Fairgrounds.
Election of Supervisors was conducted with Tom Cherry being re-elected to the Board.
Entertainment was provided by Magician Laif Ryan of Nashville, Indiana and enjoyed by all.
2023 Supervisors of the Decatur County Soil and Water Conservation District are Fred Fry, Gordon Smiley, Tom Cherry, Matthew Raver, and Roger Wenning.
Kathy Verseman – WTRE News