David Thompson and Hannah Browning from Bell County Soil Conservation addressed the fiscal court during the regular meeting on Tuesday. The two showed their appreciation to the fiscal court, who gives the organization money each year to operate.
“If we don’t support groups like you and 4-H and the extension office we will totally lose part of our heritage,” said Bell County Judge-Executive Albey Brock.
Thompson said the organization returns the money through grants to local students, sending children to conservation 4-H camps and helping farmers with as many different programs as they can.
“We’re always willing to help the general public and assist the local farmers anyway we can,” said Thompson.
Thus far, soil conservation funded 10 equip projects and three state cost-share projects. They have also helped install tunnel greenhouses throughout the county. There are other greenhouses waiting for approval.
According to Thompson, high tunnel greenhouses help extend the growing seasons. He also said the organization has helped local farmers with approximately $7,500 in local cost-share assistance programs.
Soil conservation partners with the extension office to hold an annual farm field day at the Bell County Fairgrounds. Thompson said 250 people attended the event last year. They also hold an annual tree giveaway, which will take place in April.
At the state convention in July 2013, Bell County Soil Conservation was voted outstanding conservation district in area seven. Area seven has a total of nine counties in it.
Bell County Soil Conservation is located on Log Mountain along U.S. 25E. Their office hours are from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on the organization call 606-337-6320.
Anthony Cloud can be reached at 606-248-1010, ext. 1125 or on Twitter @AnthonyCloudMDN.