Fertilization, erosion control, timberland get kudos at conservation awards|[08/03/08]

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 3, 2008

The Warren County Soil and Conservation District has announced its annual awards.

Four men were honored Thursday night with three awards for their conservation efforts.

“Tonight we are here to honor those in the community who contributed to the good stewardship of the land and the goals of our district,” said Joan Priddy, chairman of the district’s board of commissioners.

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Awardees are:

Albert Dornbusch, who received the Cropland Award. Dornbusch and his son, Jake, have planted 2,300 acres of corn and soybeans this year. He was awarded the Cropland Award for his use of sitespecific fertilizer. He surveyed cropland and varied the amount of fertilizer for a more efficient use of resources.

LeAndrew Tolliver Sr., who received the Special Efforts in Conservation Award. With the district’s help, Tolliver installed six different pipes on his land to control erosion. His cattle operation has been in existence since the 1960s. In Tolliver’s absence, his son LeArthur Tolliver accepted the award.

Lee Ferguson and Frank Ferguson, who were named Forestry Conservationists of the Year. The Fergusons took previously flooded land and turned it into profitable timberland. They were in Colorado and did not attend the banquet.

The Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District is an arm of the state branch. It has the authority to implement conservation tactics through its focus on land, water and conservation problems and the development of resources and enlistment of help to solve those problems.

In 2008, the office developed more than 7,000 acres of conservation plans, assisted landowners in applying for $575,000 in conservation efforts on private land and spent more than $730,000 on projects throughout the county. This year, the Soil and Water Conservation District has requested $8,000 more than the $83,000 previously allocated by the Warren County Board of Supervisors, who held budget talks last week.