Scioto Soil & Water Conservation District held their annual meeting and awards banquet at Minford High School on Thursday, November 21, 2013. Over ninety people attended the event that included a buffet style dinner catered by Davidson Catering.
Prior to the meeting an election was held for a position on the District’s Board of Supervisors. Mr. Dave Gable was elected to the new 3-year term that will start in January of 2014. Mr. Gable is retired from Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, has previously served Scioto County as a member-at-large on the Ohio Valley RC&D Council, and is dedicated to conservation on the many acres of land he owns and manages in Scioto County.
Each year at the meeting Scioto SWCD honors a local farmer with an Outstanding Conservation Cooperator of the Year award. This award is given to a farmer who is committed to conservation and actively works with the District to improve, maintain, or protect the natural resources on their farmland. This year’s award winner was Mr. Paul Fuhrmann of Fuhrmann’s Orchards on Hansgen-Morgan Road.
Mr. Fuhrmann’s wife, Leanne Fuhrmann was also honored Thursday evening. Mrs. Fuhrmann received the Farm Woman of the Year award. The Fuhrmanns are both active in Scioto County agriculture, local foods, conservation, and education. They host several hundred school children each year at their orchard and Leanne organized the Ag Adventure Day each year for over 500 4th graders.