2008 Training Conference Award Recipients

Amanda Martinsen received the 1st place State Poster in the 10th through 12th grade category. Amanda is a student at Marion C. Early School in Morrisville.

Ron Locke was presented with the 2008 Missouri State Grassland Farmer of the Year Award by the Missouri Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. Ron is a perfect example of what can be accomplished with proper pasture/resource management. Through the use of rotational grazing management Ron has been able to increase plant diversity, forage yield and carrying capacity. He has protected streams and ponds from overuse from livestock as well as improving water quality. One of Ron’s main objectives is to be a year around grazer. To do this Ron stockpiles fescue and strip grazes pastures for the majority of the winter. Ron also sees many advantages to eradicating endophyte infected fescue and replacing it with endophyte “friendly” fescue species. Congratulations to Ron on a job well done.
Vicky Fieth, Polk County SWCD District Manager, received her award for 25 Years of Dedicated Service.

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