Brian Andrews is the new NRCS Soil Conservationist for Dallas County. Brian grew up in southwest Missouri, graduating from Strafford High school. He attended Missouri State University, studying Natural Resource Management. Brian came to the NRCS from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. During his time with the Corps of Engineers Brian worked at the Stockton and Harry S Truman Lake projects.
Brian’s career path is diverse. He has spent time on the east coast, west coast, and the desert southwest. Brian worked as a cheese maker, government contractor, and served in the U.S. Army from 1999 to 2008. As a member of the U.S. Army, Brian aided with the National Capital Region rescue and recovery efforts following 9/11. He assisted with relief efforts following Hurricane Katarina and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Brian is excited about his role with the NRCS. He looks forward to working with the Dallas County community. Brian’s diverse career path has instilled knowledge, dedication, and motivation in him.
Brian and his wife Rachel welcomed their first child to the world in August. They live in Urbana where they raise heritage sheep and poultry.
The annual training conference was held on November 27-29 at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach. During the conference, District Technician received both the area and state awards for District Specialist. District Manager Debbie Henderson received recognition for her 40 years of service, Jerry Duff. Chairman of the Dallas County SWCD board received recognition for his 25 years of service.
95th Dallas County Soils and Crops Conference held at the O’Bannon Community Center on February 15th.
Dallas County Soil and Water Conservation District technician Matt Hale reported about cost-share programs funded by the state’s eighth-cent conservation tax. In fiscal year 2017 $136,083 was returned to county landowners, and so far in fiscal year 2018, $167,322 in applications have been approved. Cost-share projects in 2017 included 21 planned grazing systems, eight seedings, 17 nutrient management practices, two riparian buffers, six well decommissionings, six timber exclusions and three spring developments.
The Dallas County Soil and Water Conservation District Cooperator of the Year award recognizes an operation that strives to improve environmental quality on their own farm and helps the district achieve its conservation goals.
The 2017 Dallas County Cooperators of the Year – Roger and Cindy Moore, were presented a plaque from Tony Rosen, Dallas County SWCD District Technician at the 95th Dallas County Soils and Crops Conference held at the O’Bannon Community Center on February 15th.
We first started working with Roger in 2012. He had purchased a tract of land where he planned to build his retirement home. At the time he was interested in tree planting, wildlife and organic gardening, but those plans grew.
He purchased another piece of land a few miles away and was ready to start improvements there, as well — which included forestry management and a grazing system.
He took soil tests and started liming, fertilizing and overseeding the pasture land, and also started within with a U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service forester to improve his timber, not only for wildlife, but also future marketing.
Meanwhile, he attended the Dallas County and Polk County grazing school and started installing high tensile electric fencing on his homeplace. He worked with the Missouri Department of Conservation private land conservationist to establish native warm season grasses on some pastures and over sewed legumes on the rest.
Once this system was up and running, he started installing his grazing system on a second piece of ground. Not long afterward, that system was operational and ready for cattle.
Some time later a neighbor offered to sell the Moore land that adjoined their homeplace, and a third project is under way with more electric fence and freeze-proof waterers.
Brenda Young – Heart2Heart, Debbie Henderson – Dallas County SWCD
The Dallas County Soil and Water Conservation District and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service held their annual open house/customer appreciation day Thursday, December 7, 2017. More than 100 cooperators and agency staff attended. Chili, snacks and an abundance of homemade Christmas cookies and assorted goodies were served.
Forty-five door prizes were contributed by local businesses and individuals. The following contributed door prizes: Buffalo Reflex, Katrina’s Flowers, O’Bannon Bank, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Flowerworks, MFA Farm and Home, ABC Motors, Woods Supermarket, Los Hermanos, Lento Ranch, OakStar Bank and Cash Saver
Entry for the drawing was a non-perishable food item or cash to be given to Heart to Heart local food bank. The total donation was 300 pounds of food and $17 cash.
Wonderful holiday snacks.
Enjoying time visiting with Dallas County landowners.
Many great door prizes.
430 Attend 19th Annual Spring Forage Conference
On February 20, staff members and producers from Polk, Dallas and many surrounding counties attended the Spring Forage Conference in Springfield. About 40 landowners attended from Polk and Dallas Counties alone! A variety of speakers presented topics surrounding forage production and marketing, and exhibitors showed products and programs also relating to forages, grazing, and livestock production.
The keynote address was given by Dr. Temple Grandin, Associate Professor, Animal Science, at Colorado State University. Dr. Grandin is a designer of livestock handling facilities who obtained her BA at Franklin Pierce College and her MS in Animal Science at Arizona State University. Dr. Grandin received her Ph.D. in Animals Science from the University of Illinois in 1989.
Today she teaches courses on livestock behavior and facility design at Colorado State University and consults with the livestock industry on facility design, livestock handling, and animal welfare. She has appeared on television shows such as 20/20, 48 Hours, CNN Larry King Live, and has been featured in People Magazine, the New York Times, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, and Time Magazine. Interviews with Dr. Grandin have been broadcast on National Public Radio. She has also authored over 300 articles in both scientific journals and livestock periodicals on animal handling, welfare, and facility design. She is the author of “Thinking in Pictures,” “Livestock Handling and Transport,” and “Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals.”
See more information on her web page here.
Dr. Grandin (right) shares information about livestock slaughter facilities with another speaker, Anastasia Becker.