The Van Wert SWCD and Farm Bureau held the Second Ag Banquet on Tuesday, August 6 at the Council on Aging in Van Wert. This marked the 70th Annual Meeting for the Van Wert SWCD. The Ag Banquet was catered by Gibson Barnyard BBQ. A SWCD election was held for two supervisor positions on the SWCD Board of Supervisors five member Board. Craig Pohlman and Kris Young were elected to serve a three year term commencing January 1, 2020.
Tanner Matthews was honored as SWCD Scholarship recipient. David Poe, Inc. was recognized by the SWCD and received the Conservation Farm Award. This 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 Van Wert Ag Hall of Fame Award was presented to the family of the late Earl Gerdeman for his many agricultural and education accomplishments. Matt Reese, Ohio Country Journal was the speaker for the evening and gave an interesting presentation.
Sponsors for the evening were: Ag Credit (speaker sponsorship), Burtch Seed, Farm Credit, Kenn Feld Group, Mercer Landmark-Glenmore, Ohio City, Convoy and Middle Point, Pond Seed, H. G. Violet, and Williamson Insurance
Craig Pohlman presents Ag Hall of Fame Award to Shawn Gerdeman and family in honor of Earl.