Gibson County Soil & Water, January 2015

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  • Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 6:00 p.m. New Princeton Community High School Cafeteria

    The 68th Annual

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  • Annual SWCD meeting Feb. 10Gibson County Soil & Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) 68th annual meet-ing will be held at 6 p.m. on Tues-day, Feb. 10, at the new Princeton Community High School Cafeteria, 1101 N Main Street, Princeton. The evenings speaker will be Scott Ham, State Soil Conservation Board.

    The SWCD will share 2014s accomplishments and plans for 2015.

    Award presentations for 2014 will include: Conservation Farmer, Greg Obert; Friend of Conservation, John Parke Excavating; River Friendly Farmer Joe Kissel; and Gibson Southern High Schools winning Soils Judging team.

    Tickets cost $8. Call the SWCD at 385-5033, option 3, to reserve tickets or email

    Across Indiana, SWCDs help Indi-ana residents conserve land, water, forests, wildlife and related natural resources that encompass the states 23 million acres.

    2014 Gibson County SWCD Board of Supervisors, Staff

    Matt Michel was elected as a supervisor in 2010 after serving as an associ-ate, and was then elected to a second term. Matt is a gradu-ate of Gib-son South-ern High School and Purdue Univer-sity. He is the District Sales Manager for Agri-Gold Hybrids. Matt serves as board chairman.

    Dave Gress was elected in 2011 and is unopposed this year. Dave is a crop insurance agent and livestock/grain farmer. He has previously

    served as an associ-ate SWCD supervisor. He and his wife Karen live in rural Princeton.

    Dave Greubel is a farmer and school bus driver. He resides in rural Haub-stadt with his wife Brenda. They are the parents of two grown children and have seven grandchildren.

    Kenny Page was elected as a super-visor in 2014 and has served as a supervi-sor in the past. Kenny farms and lives in Oakland City with his wife, Judy. They have three grown chil-dren and one grand-daughter, with another grandchild on the way later this year.

    Dave Weber is a new supervisor, appointed in 2014. He farms and lives in Francisco with his wife, Mary. They have four grown children and two grandchil-dren.

    Jim Buck (not pic-tured) is a new associate supervisor, coming on the board in 2014. Jim lives in east-ern Gibson County.

    Steve Doerner (not pictured) has been an associate supervisor for the past several years and has been a supervisor in the past. He farms and lives in Elberfeld with his wife, Lita. They have three grown sons and three grand-children.

    Cleora-mae G Stunkel (not pictured) is currently an associate supervisor. She lives in rural Haubstadt on her family farm and has served as a supervisor in the past. She is a retired minister and has installed numerous conservation practices.

    Greg Obert (not pictured) is cur-rently an associate supervisor, but has been a supervisor in the past. He says he is semi-retired from farming, living in rural Fort Branch with his wife, Rose.

    They have four grown children and nine grandchildren.

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    Gibson County SWCD office staff (l-r): Tabitha Anthis, office manager; Matt Robinette, technician; Ann Ice, educa-tion coordinator.

    Matt Michel

    Dave Gress

    Dave Greubel

    Kenny Page

    Dave Weber

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    Gibson Countys 2014 Conservation Farmer

    Greg Obert has been named the Conservation Farmer of the Year by the Gibson County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD)s board of supervisors. Greg lives on a farm in rural Fort Branch where he raises corn and soybeans.

    Greg and Rose Obert were married in 1978 and have four children: Lori, Elizabeth, Martthew and Sarah. They have nine grandchildren.

    Since 1980, Greg has been an SWCD cooperator. At that time, Greg had quite a bit of erosion on his property and that of his landowners. He started working to help the erosion. Much of Gregs farmland is highly-erodible ground.

    In 1984, he started working on a large-scale with no-till. In 1990, he had approximately 200 acres of no-till.

    Today, though he says he is semi-retired, he no-tills about 440 acres.

    Greg has installed several conservation practices, including WASCOBs (water and sediment control basins) and filter strips.

    The local NRCS/SWCD helped design many of these installations.

    Greg serves as an associate supervisor on the Gibson County SWCD board.

    What is Gregs advice to farmers just starting out in

    conservation? You cant just no-till. You gotta do it right. You need a fertilizer program, a chemical program, and an insect program that works.

    Greg will be honored at the districts 2015 Annual Meet-ing. Congratulations, Greg!

    Greg Obert

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    Gibson Countys 2014 Friend of ConservationJohn Parke Excavating of Oakland City has been

    named 2014 Friend of Conservation by the Gibson Coun-ty Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD)s board of supervisors.

    John has been a partner in hundreds of conservation practices both inside and outside of Gibson County. These conservation practices include Water And Sedi-ment Control Basins (WASCOBs) to keep sediment and nutrients out of waterways to allow producers to farm

    more efficiently, grassed waterways to control soil ero-sion, grade stabilization structures (rock chutes at the end of waterways), and tile work.

    John does not advertise at all. He is known only by word-of-mouth and stays very busy with conservation practices. That alone speaks volumes about his work ethic and experience.

    John will be honored at the districts 2015 Annual Meeting. Congratulations to John Parke Excavating!

    Gibson Countys 2014 River-Friendly FarmerJoe Kissel of Princeton has been selected as the 2014

    River Friendly Farmer by the Gibson County SWCD board of supervisors.

    Joe strives to conserve soil on his farming operation through filter strips, water and sediment control basins (WASCOBs) to keep sediment and nutrients out of waterways, and some no-till. He raises corn and beans on 2,800 acres.Joe has served as a SWCD board supervi-sor in the past.Joe will be honored at the districts 2015 Annual Meeting and receive a sign for his farm. Con-gratulations, Joe!

    The River-Friendly Farmer award was initiated in 1999 as a statewide initiative recognizing farmers who, through good production management, help keep Indi-anas rivers, lakes and streams clean.

    This award is made possible by the Indiana Associa-tion of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Indianas ninety-two SWCDs, Indiana Farm Bureau, Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Division of Soil Conserva-tion, Purdue Cooperative Extension Service, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

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    Farm Service Agency Implements New Farm BillBy Janet Ault

    County Executive Director, Gibson County Farm Service Agency

    The implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill is here and well underway in USDA Service Centers across the great state of Indiana and the rest of the country. As produc-ers, you have many choices this year on FSA programs and there are plenty of places to seek advice. To help with some of those decisions, USDA has collaborated with universities and cooperative state extension ser-vices to develop online decision tools and other materials and train experts to educate producers about several key farm bill programs. Our FSA employees stand ready to serve you in our offices. With that being said, Ill give you a brief overview of the new programs and some important deadlines that need to be met.

    - The first programs to roll out under the new 2014 Farm Bill in the spring of 2014 were the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), the Livestock Forage Program (LFP), Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP), and the Tree Assistance Program (TAP). The LIP and LFP programs provide assistance for livestock deaths and grazing losses that have occurred since the expiration of the livestock

    disaster assistance programs in 2011. The ELAP program provides emergency assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees, and farm-raised fish that have loss-es due to disease, adverse weather, or other conditions. TAP provides financial assistance to qualifying orchard-ists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes, and vines damaged by natural disasters.