The Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (OFSWCD) is proud to announce Ohio citizens that have been named Soil Health Champions by the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD).
The OFSWCD worked with its local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) to nominate these soil health leaders based on their extraordinary work to promote soil health management practices on their own farms and advance the adoption of these practices within their communities. The association supports the work of NACD Soil Health Champions by promoting their activities and assisting their local districts in publicizing field days, tours, and other soil health related promotional activities.
Ohio’s Soil Health Champions include: Joe and Mike Beam of Xenia, representing Greene SWCD; David Brandt of Carroll, representing Fairfield SWCD; Keith Dennis of Rushville, representing Perry SWCD; Dan Lane of Delaware, representing Delaware SWCD; Ron Snyder of Pemberville, representing Wood SWCD; and Joe Streit of Hamilton, representing Butler SWCD.
As members of the Soil Health Champion Network, the Ohio champions are raising awareness of the benefits of soil health practices from the local level to a national one. Champions share their personal experiences using best management practices through the national network on a peer-to-peer basis and through NACD-hosted national meetings and events.
“It is an honor to participate in this important national movement to increase adoption of conservation practices,” stated Kris Swartz, President of the OFSWCD. “We are proud of our state champions. Building soil health for long-term sustainability is critical to providing food, fuel, and fiber for a growing population here and abroad.
“These Soil Health Champions richly deserve this honor. Each one is an amazing advocate for good conservation adoption of soil health practices,” Swartz added.
The OFSWCD is the nonprofit organization that represents Ohio’s 88-county Soil and Water Conservation Districts. The
NACD is the nonprofit organization that represents America’s 3,000 conservation districts and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards, along with their state associations.
Information for this story was provided by The Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.