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May 2, 2014

Soil & Water Stewardship Week a longtime tradition

Senator presents Cherokee County extension agent with recognition

CHEROKEE COUNTY — Soil & Water Stewardship Week, a campaign based on an ages-old tradition of thanking God for the priceless gifts of air, water, soil and sunshine, is being observed April 27 through May 4.  

The Association of Texas Soil & Water Conservation Districts (ATSWCD) is joining other state agencies in a statewide campaign to highlight the important connection that exists between voluntary land stewardship and sustaining water availability, an ever increasing concern.

For 58 years, Cherokee County Soil & Water Conser-vation District #427 (CCS&WCD) has held an Annual Awards Banquet  for the express purpose of recognizing and encouraging agricultural operators, landowners, ag related business persons and students for their demonstration of responsible stewardship of these precious resources. On Friday awards were presented to four Outstanding Conservationists, 17 FFA teams, six individual FFA members, one 4-H student and six elementary students.   

A special honor was also presented to a county AgriLife Extension agent by Senator Robert Nichols on behalf of the Texas Senate.

Senator Nichols said, “I have been holding on to this for a couple of months, waiting for the right opportunity to present this resolution of recognition.”  He explained that earlier this year, one family was chosen out of the entire state by Texas Farm Bureau to receive the Excellence in Agriculture honor for working with farmers, ranchers and youth in education.  “I have bragging rights because not only was this family from my district, they are from my home county, Cherokee” said Sen. Nichols.  “I would like to present Senate Proclamation #99 to extension agent Aaron Low and his wife Amanda and their family.  They represented Texas at the national level in January at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting.  Aaron and Amanda have made an impact through their work in 4-H, livestock shows, agriculture activities and education and we are very proud of them.”  

Six $1000 scholarships were presented to five county FFA students for top ranking in contests sponsored by the CCS&WCD throughout the year.  Zach Morgan, Rusk FFA, received two scholarships for high point individual in the Woodland Clinic contest and for second high point in the Wildlife Clinic.  Jade Buckley, Rusk FFA, received hers for second high point in the Woodland Clinic and Lacey Wallace, Rusk FFA, for second high score in the Wildlife Clinic.  New Summerfield FFA’s Adan Suarez received a scholarship for high point individual in Land Judging and Rusk FFA’s Christian Holman for second high point.

“Dig Deeper:  The Mysteries of Soil” was the theme for this year’s conservation poster contest for students under 12 years old.  West Side Elementary’s Heinrick Janiola, received his cash prize of $100 for first place, Adan Castillo, of New Summerfield placed second, Nichols Intermediate student Morgan Washburn, received $40 for third place and Andi Yount of East Side Elementary received $30 for fourth place.  Receiving $20 each for Honorable Mention were Kaylee Sam Dry of Joe Wright Elementary, Connor Thornton of Alto and Alexis Morris of Rusk Intermediate.

The Outstanding FFA Member, Christian Holman of Rusk and the Outstanding 4-H Student, Kaitlyn Hutson of Lookout 4-H were presented with plaques.  A total of 58 FFA students from Alto, Jacksonville, New Summerfield and Rusk FFA clubs received awards for participation in contests and Ashlea Crosby of Alto FFA, Jade Buckley and Kayla Woodlee, both of Rusk FFA, were recognized as nominations for outstanding students.

Speakers at the banquet were Trey Watson, field representative, area IV, of the Texas State S&WC Board and Sen. Robert Nichols.  The meal was catered by Stacy’s Barbeque and music provided by the Lykin Family.        



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