MOUNT VERNON — Stanley and Rita Ball were awarded the 26th annual Kiwanis Club Luke Biggs award. The award is given every year in recognition of outstanding service and leadership in the area of agriculture, conservation, youth and community service. The recipients were introduced by Kiwanis President Jim Edick and Kiwanis member Jerry Scott.
Scott explained that the Ball family moved to Knox County in the early 1970’s and set up a dairy farm located in College and Pleasant townships. Their farm covers over 400 acres of land.
“They immediately embraced the soil conservation service and the local soil and water conservation district to conserve and improve the soil resources on the rolling acreage farm,” Scott said.
The Ball family, including their son, current City Engineer Brian Ball, worked tirelessly to adopt every conservation measure then known to man, Scott said, which included contour strip farming, grass waterways, livestock manure management, no-tillage, cover crops and more.