ORIGINALLY WRITTEN BY DON RATZLAFF
The Marion County Conservation District has been recognizing the conservation achievements of farm families in the county for a long time.
This year?s awards, which will be distributed at the 54th annual meeting of the organization on Saturday, Feb. 26, include several familiar categories and at least one new one.
— Goodyear Award. Considered the organization?s top annual award, it goes to those who have done a little extra in the area of conservation, or merit recognition for their long involvement in the movement. It is sponsored by the Goodyear Company.
— Banker Awards. These awards go toward specific conservation practices accomplished in a farming operation. These awards are sponsored by the Marion County Bankers Association.
— Grassland Award. This will be the first year for this award in Marion County and is intended to recognize work done with pastures and native grass lands. It is sponsored by the county conservation office and Sharp Bros. Seed Co. of Healy.
— Wildlife Award. This award isn?t given out every year, but its purpose is to recognize someone who has done work to benefit native wildlife. The award is sponsored by the Kansas Bankers Association and the Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks.
— Conservation Education Award. This is the third year for this award and is usually reserved for elementary through high school teachers. This year?s recipient is a college educator, but was chosen by the county office for his outstanding service through the years.