The Saline County Soil and Water Conservation District held its 66th annual meeting Monday evening and reelected its chairman, Tom Anderson and vice chairman Samantha Parish to each serve another term.
The County Poster Contest winner, Shiloh Stevers of Harrisburg High School was announced and the winners of the County Essay Contest were presented with their awards.
The Conservation Farmer of the Year award was presented to Lance Martin of Martin's Swine Farm, Inc. of Galatia. Martin raised 8,000 nursery pigs last year.
The 2013 Activity Report noted that the Leap Year tornado last year destroyed the District's equipment shed and severely damaged the no-till drill. Extensive repair was required.
In spite of the drought the district accomplished quite a lot according to the report. It cost shared on 30 acres of new pasture; built five new structures; created 7 acres of grassed waterways; created 1,530 feet of water and sediment control basins; and repaired 200 feet of water and sediment control basins and 1.6 acres of grassed waterways.
The report announced the addition of Kathy Williams to the staff. She serves in the FSA portion of the district’s building.
But there was bad news as well. Natural Resources Conservation Service moved technician Alicia Gibbons to other counties and SWCD is without a technician for the first time in 66 years.