Moniteau County SWCD awards presented at annual dinner

Carl Allee presents the SWCD 2011 Cooperator of the Year award to Sherry Cox and family. The Cox family pictured all live on the family farm. Front row, from left, Sherry's grandchildren Jac and Briar Cox; back row, Jo and husband Joey Cox, Sherry's son, Sherry and Allee.

Carl Allee presents the SWCD 2011 Cooperator of the Year award to Sherry Cox and family. The Cox family pictured all live on the family farm. Front row, from left, Sherry's grandchildren Jac and Briar Cox; back row, Jo and husband Joey Cox, Sherry's son, Sherry and Allee. Photo by David Wilson.

At the Moniteau County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) annual awards dinner Tuesday, April 3, at the California United Church of Christ facility, recognition was given to 2012 poster contest winners, area residents, employees and board members.

Carl Allee presented the welcome and gave the introductions. Bruce Longan presented the SWCD update and Tony Hoover the NRCS update.

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At the SWCD meeting, sixth grade poster winners present are, from left, Molly Dampf, Cole Pettigrew, Tara Payne and Jaydon Fox. Not present were Brittney Ellington, Brett Street and overall sixth grade winner Minnie Alarcon.

Colleen Meredith, director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Soil and Water Conservation Program, gave a presentation on the importance of cover crops.

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At the SWCD meeting, fifth grade poster winners are, front row from left, Adalayna Hufendiek, Chatman Pardoe, Yance Wolfrum, Georgia Hoellering and Diana Corona, Daisy Gonzalez; back row, Tyler Kenyon, Chiane Harlan, Nicholas Bolinger, Sierra Stemberger and Gage Claas. Not present was Cayli Hughey.

With a theme of "Helping People Help the land," Meredith asked "Why Cover Crops?"

For more of this story check out the April 11 issue of the California Democrat.

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