Annual Meeting February 5, 2009
The Ripley County SWCD Annual Meeting was held on February 5 at the South Ripley Elementary School in Versailles, IN. Despite the postponement of the meeting and continued cold weather approximately 90 people attended. Awards were presented to Arthur Thomas for the 2008 Conservation Farmer of the Year and William Nuhring for 2008 Ripley County River Friendly Farmer. One award was presented for Special Recognition and Appreciation to Robert Zupancic for all his help with the district.
Topics for the breakout sessions were Fertilizer Inputs and Cost, Forestry, and Grazing. Jane Hardisty, Indiana NRCS State Conservationist was the main speaker of the evening. Both received positive feedback from many of the attendees.
To conclude the meeting election results were read with the Board of Supervisors being Jeff Meinders – Chairman, Ryan Busch – Vice Chairman, Clay Nuhring, Brian Evans, and Danny Geisler. Finally we would like to extend a huge thank you to all the businesses and organizations that donated door prizes for the event.
No-Till Breakfast February 26, 2009
The 16 Annual No-till Breakfast was held on Thursday February 26at the Hopewell Baptist Church in Holton.
The event is a partnership effort between the Ripley County SWCD, Purdue Extension, and the Historic Hoosier Hills RC&D No-till Committee. The committee would like to give a special thanks to the South Ripley FFA for their assistance in the day’s events.
Cover Crop Field Day March 13, 2009
In 2008 The Ripley County Soil and Water Conservation District received funds from a Clean Water Indiana (CWI) grant to promote the use of cover crops in Ripley County. The SWCD Board of Supervisors and staff pulled together conservation partners to come up with the idea of a cover crop plot and field day. Finally, in September of 2008 the Ripley County SWCD’s plan came to life. A Cover Crop Plot was planted on the farm of Bob Brewington, a lifetime supporter of the SWCD. The Conservation Team came up with ten different blends to be planted in his 2 acre field. The plot was planted by Bob Brewington using the Ripley County SWCD’s Truax Drill. It is the goal of the partnership to show the different types, process, and benefits of cover crops on the land.