Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey is scheduled to speak at the event along with Endowed Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Iowa State University, Wendy Wintersteen, and Conservation District of Iowa Executive Director Clare Lindahl. Reservations for the event are required and can be made by contacting Sheryl Sanders at 712-385-8449.
The Fremont County Soil Conservation District was organized by interested landowners to provide a community approach to the common problem of soil conservation. Active soil conservation work had been in progress in the county since 1934, mostly on a demonstrational basis, and it was felt that through the formation of a soil conservation district, a more widespread adoption of soil conservation would be accomplished by means of an educational and action program administered by the district. Following a favorable referendum on May 27, 1941, the Fremont County Soil Conservation District was authorized by landowners. A state charter was issued to the District on June 30, 1941. Mr. Melton Eisenhower, acting Secretary of Agriculture, signed the Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Agriculture on October 14, 1941.
The first district commissioners elected in 1941 consisted of Ralph Jones, F.E. Cowden and A.L. Scott. These men were farmers who had been active in the demonstrational conservation program and had conservation plans and practices on their farms. Since these men and their families were active leaders in the county and community affairs, the district program got under way.
Current district commissioners are Phillip Wing, Sheryl Sanders, Harold Mitchell, Mark Kilpatrick and Carl Jardon. These commissioners are proud of the conservation work producers and landowners have put on the ground over the years. They look forward to the future as they to help the people protect our precious natural resources, soil and water, in Fremont County.
For more information on the outstanding conservation work going on in Fremont County and to RSVP for the June 30th banquet, contact Sheryl Sanders at 712-385-8449 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.