Polk/Dallas Grazing School Field Day

What a great grazing school group. The field day began at 9:00 AM at Richard and Tina McConnell’s Farm.
Curtis Gooch, Resource Conservationist, with NRCS, started off explaining the many options we have for watering livestock.
Myron Hartzell, Resource Conservationist, NRCS, demonstrated one method of using a floating corner brace for a high tensile electric fence.

Richard McConnell, SALT Project Manager, Polk Co SWCD, demonstrates tying HT electric wire and using a floating brace on wood posts. Here we discussed hooking up a cut off switch.
Richard shows a Super Bowl, frost free plastic waterer installed in 2000.
Our calves appear to be enjoying our guest too.

2010 Training Conference Award Recipients


Cheyenne Williams, First Grade, Bolivar received first place in the k – 1 category.

Congratulations on a job well done!


Jerry Duff, Dallas Co SWCD Board President, received the 2010 State Supervisor of the Year Award at the State Training Conference held at Tan-Tar-A in Osage Beach, MO November 30.

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.

USDA-NRCS Area Four Awards Recipients

Gorman Bennett, NRCS Resource Conservationist, served as MC for the awards presentation held in Springfield, Missouri on January 16, 2008.
Roger Hansen, NRCS Missouri State Conservationist, discussed the current budget situation as well as the challenges we faced in 2007.
Monty Hawks, Area 4 NRCS Area Conservationist, updated the group on the 2008 budget challenges and the job well done by NRCS and SWCD employees.
Don Lucetta, from Congressman Roy Blunt’s Office, remarked on the current Farm Bill and Conservation.
Jerry Duff, Chairman of the Dallas County SWCD Board and member of the Southwest RC & D Council, receives his award for Outstanding Achievement.
Richard McConnell, Polk Co. SWCD Project Manager, receives his award for 10 years of service.
Debbie Henderson, Dallas County SWCD Office Manager, receives her award for 30 Years of Service from Roger Hansen.
Vicky Fieth, Polk Co. SWCD Office Manager, awards Roger Ankrom, District Technician, a Token of Appreciation for a job well done.
Tony Rosen, Dallas Co. SWCD District Technician, receives a Token of Appreciation Award from Gorman Bennett for a job well done.
Matt Hale, Dallas Co. SWCD Project Manager, Ann Thiesen, Dallas Co. Info Ed Coordinator and Tony Rosen, Dallas Co. SWCD District Technician, each received a Token of Appreciation for a job well done.
Members of the Dallas/Polk Co. Field Office Service Area, are shown with Roger Hansen after receiving an Extra Effort Award.

19th Annual Spring Forage Conference

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.