Local SWCD hands out awards at its 60th annual meeting and banquet

Steve and Judy Adams (second and third from left, respectively) received the River Friendly Farmer Award at the Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual meeting and banquet, held Tuesday, Feb. 27, in First Merchants Heritage Hall at the Huntington County Fairgrounds. With the Adamses are SWCD Vice Chairman Kyle Lund (first from left) and SWCD Chairman Andy Ambriole.
Steve and Judy Adams (second and third from left, respectively) received the River Friendly Farmer Award at the Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual meeting and banquet, held Tuesday, Feb. 27, in First Merchants Heritage Hall at the Huntington County Fairgrounds. With the Adamses are SWCD Vice Chairman Kyle Lund (first from left) and SWCD Chairman Andy Ambriole.

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District handed out awards at its 60th annual meeting and banquet, held Tuesday, Feb. 27, in First Merchants Heritage Hall at the Huntington County Fairgrounds.

Joe Updike received the Conservation Farmer Award while Steve and Judy Adams took home the River Friendly Farmer Award.

Updike was honored for the conservation practices he employs on his approximately 900-acre farming operation. The retired Natural Resources Conservation Service employee practices the no-till method on his farms, on which corn, soybeans, wheat and hay are raised. He has installed grassed waterways, water and sediment control basins, rock chutes, a dry dam, diversions and drop pipes.

Additionally, he has placed filter strips along stream banks and seeds cover crops in the interest of protecting the soil and reducing the flow of excess nutrients into streams.

Overall, these practices have helped reduce soil erosion, improve soil health and protect the quality of the water in rivers and streams, note SWCD officials.

Steve and Judy Adams were recognized as river-friendly farmers for having installed grassed waterways, mini-dikes and filter strips along the streams on their farms. The couple has also employed a no-till conservation tillage method on their farms for several years.

Thanks to these techniques, the Adamses have protected waterways from excess nutrients and chemical run-off. They have also curtailed soil erosion on their farms.

For their efforts, the couple received a sign for their property that announces their status as river-friendly farmers.
Other honorees at the event included youths who had completed soil and water projects at last year’s Huntington County 4-H Fair. 4-H’ers recognized were Brandon Briggs, Chloe Couch, Taylor Martz, Jonathan McMillan and Matthew McMillan.

At the start of the meeting, an election was held and saw Kandace Villanueva reelected to her supervisor position.

A presentation by meteorologist Greg Shoup concluded the event. Shoup, a weather forecaster with WANE-TV in Fort Wayne, spoke about climate change and its effects on agriculture.

Door prizes were handed out following Shoup’s presentation.

SWCD’s regular meetings are open to the public and held the third Tuesday of every month at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.
For more information about SWCD, call 356-6816 ext. 3 or visit www.huntingtonswcd.org.