Ohioans depend on the land's natural resources.
Today, the Muskingum Soil and Water Conservation District held its 65th annual meeting and banquet. Officials say good soil and water is the key to healthy plant and farm life.
"It is the basis for everything that we do, whether you are a home gardener, whether you are a farmer, whether you are a corporation, without soil and water you would not have life for the production of our food and fiber here. Not only in Muskingum County, Ohio, but nationwide," tells Dick Sorg, administrator for the Muskingum Soil and Water Conservation District.
The meeting and banquet were open to the public. The Muskingum Soil and Water Conservation District says its main purpose is to educate farmers and residents.
"Our education is the key to all soil and water conservation. We go out into the public and work with the farmers to help them with their best management practices. Teach them how to not defile the environment is really what it is," says Chairperson Shane Mender.
Residents voted on two new board members at the meeting and were treated to door prizes and featured speaker Bill Huston. Scholarships and awards were given to those who went above and beyond in conservation.
"We like to recognize the people who are doing a lot of great things in the field of soil and water conservation, from land owners to the non-agricultural division which is anybody, but agriculture. So there is a lot of business individuals as well as educators in the area," tells Sorg.
Officials say they use this event to let residents know what they are doing and where soil and water conservation is moving in the future. If you would like to contact the Muskingum Soil and Water Conservation District call (740) 454-2027 or go to the link on the right.