The Van Wert SWCD's 69th Annual Meeting and the Farm Bureau Annual Meeting have joined forces to co-host the Van Wert Ag Banquet on August 7 at Hickory Sticks Golf Club, Van Wert.
Dick Rice and Darryl Ricketts were re-elected to serve on the SWCD Board beginning January 1, 2019.
Bob Gehres was recognized for 20 years service on the SWCD Board. Chloee Gamble was honored as SWCD Scholarship recipient for 2018. Gary Weck was recognized and received the Conservation Cooperator of the Year Award. The award is given to honor individuals for their conservation achievements.. Farm Bureau honored their scholarship recipient.
Farm Bureau presented Farewell and Friend of Ag Awards. The Inaugural Van Wert Ag Hall of Fame Award was presented to Marilyn Reed on behalf of her late husband, Warren Reed for his many agricultural education accomplishments.
Ty Higgins, ag radio broadcaster for Ohio AgtNet was the speaker for the evening and gave an interesting presentation, "What Would Grandpa Do? : Using Lessons from the Past to Move Agriculture Forward".
Sponsors for the evening were: Ag Credit, Burtch Seed, Farm Credit, Kenn Feld Group, Mercer Landmark-Glenmore, Ohio City, Convoy and Middle Point, Pond Seed and Williamson Insurance.
The mission of the Van Wert SWCD is to protect and conserve the natural resources for all residents by providing technical, educational, and financial assistance.
Van Wert County is located in northwest Ohio. The county was founded in 1820 and is part of what was originally called the "Black Swamp". It was named after Isaac Van Wart, one of three captors of Major Andre, a famous spy of the American Revolutionary War.
The Ohio General Assembly passed House Bill No. 646 on May 16, 1941 providing for the organization of Soil Conservation Districts in Ohio. Van Wert County was orgnized February 15, 1949. This made Van Wert County the 82nd District to form in Ohio. On February 11, 1964 the name was changed to Van Wert Soil and Water Conservation District. The SWCD is funded partially by the Van Wert County Commissioner's and the State of Ohio.
Some of the Van Wert SWCD partnership orgnizations are: