MOUNT VERNON — Two local residents will compete for a position on the Knox Soil and Water Conservation District (KSWCD) Board at the Conservation District’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday.
Candidates for the open seat this year are Don Breece and Jeff Levering, both of the Fredericktown area.
Don and Ellen Breece farm in Wayne Township. He is retired from OSU Extension, having served as a county agent, farm management specialist and assistant extension director for agriculture and natural resources. Breece is a veteran and served 30 years as an Army Reserve officer. He is a member of the Knox County Farm Bureau, VFW, American Legion, Ohio-Israel Agricultural Initiative Advisory Committee, Ohio Soybean Association, OSU & Cornell Alumni, Reserve Officers Association, NRA, OSU Retirees Association and National Association of County Agricultural Agents. In 2013, he was inducted into the Farm Science Review Hall of Fame. He currently serves as a director on the Consolidated Electric Cooperative Board.
Jeff Levering lives and farms in Wayne Township with his wife, Teresa. They have three children. He raises corn, soybeans and preconditioned feeder cattle in Knox and Morrow counties. He also manages Leve-Agriman Feed & Supply located in Fredericktown. Levering is a member of the Fredericktown Presbyterian Church, Knox County Cattlemen’s, the Knox County Farm Bureau, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Ranch Sorting National Championship, Ohio Corn Growers Association and Ohio Soybean Association. He is a first-term supervisor and currently serves as vice-chair on the Knox SWCD Board of Supervisors.
Board members for the KSWCD set the priorities for the KSWCD’s resource conservation assistance program in the county and work with local and state officials to secure funding for programs and provide staffing to carry out the KSWCD’s mission and priorities. Members on the SWCD Board serve three-year terms and are compensated only for expenses related to official travel duties as a board member.
All Knox County residents over the age of 18 are eligible to vote in the KSWCD Supervisor Election. The election will take place at the SWCD Annual Meeting at The Glenn A. Gallagher Centre at Ohio Eastern Star Home, 1451 Gambier Road, on Wednesday, beginning at 6:15 p.m. Eligible residents wishing to vote in the election, but not able to attend the KSWCD Annual Meeting, may vote absentee at the SWCD office, 1025 Harcourt Road, through 3 p.m. on Wednesday. For more information contact the Knox SWCD office at 740-393-6724.