MOUNT VERNON — Evan Ernest of Morgan Township was the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Cooperator Award at the annual Knox County Soil and Water Conservation District annual awards dinner Wednesday evening.
Ernest was presented with the award, presented in partnership with Farm Credit Services of Mid America, for his conservation efforts. In announcing the award, it was noted that Ernest has constructed eight grassed waterways totaling more than 7,300 feet, installed thousands of feet of subsurface drainage, established 2.7 acres of filter strips and cooperated with the SWCD to establish 150 acres of cover crops through a program with the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District.
Ernest had a big night, also winning the drawing for $1,000 to use toward any travel or vacation arrangements he chooses. Persons who are eligible for the award have all engaged in recognized conservation practices, but must be present at the banquet to win. At least 10 names were drawn before Ernest won.
Voting was also conducted for two seats on the SWCD Board of Supervisors. There were six candidates for the seats, a situation SWCD Administrator Rob Clendening called unusual.
The winners, who will serve three-year terms, were Tom Purdy, who is already on the board, and Terry Randall.
The winners of the county FFA Soils Contest were recognized and each student was awarded a $25 gift card to TSC.
Placing first in the rural judging category was the East Knox team of Rowan Rine, Becca Vales, Rebecca McCarty, Tori Anders and Eric Hull. Rowan Rine placed first individually, with Vales second and McCarty third.
Later, the team finished first in the district contest and fifth in the state contest, with Anders placing second and Rine third individually at the district level.
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