Madison County Soil & Water Conservation District Thanks Supporters at Annual Luncheon

Diners are pictured enjoying the bounty of local food.

Pictured from left are Shawn Payne and Mike Mullenax of Payne Construction and Madison County Technician Jerry Boyd.White Eagle Conference Chefs and staffLto R Shawn Payne, Mike Mullenax of Payne Const. Madison Co. Technician Jerry Boydstanding Carl Bartlett, Madison Co SWCD, Green shirt Everett Stone and Eli Stone DeRuyter, NY

Standing is Carl Bartlett, Madison County SWCD, pictured with Everett Stone and Eli Stone of DeRuyter.

White Eagle Conference Chefs and staff served up a wonderful luncheon event.

(Hamilton, NY – Dec. 2012enjoying the bounty of local food) When it comes to getting local conservation on the ground, it takes a team effort to plan and implement economically viable water quality, soil health and natural resource enhancement projects and initiatives; to honor the coalition of farmers, contractors, town supervisors, agri-business companies, engineering support, state and federal conservation partners and funding organizations, the Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District held its fourth annual appreciation luncheon at the White Eagle Conference Center.

The event featured local foods and meat from Empire Buffalo Farm in Chittenango Falls and Sunnybrook Farms in Deansboro.

The Conservation District staff, with their agricultural roots, work on a variety of projects from assisting farmers with conservation planning through the state Agricultural Environmental Management program, surveying and designing water quality best management practices, overseeing construction projects, planting cover crops and trees, installing stream buffers, teaching grazing management, developing nutrient management plans, delineating watersheds for culvert sizing, securing permits and supporting educational training opportunities, to name just a few in a robust work schedule.

“The overwhelming benefit to the county is for every dollar invested in the local district by county taxpayers it yields more than $21 back into the agricultural community by matching outside funding sources, contributing work and materials to the economy and staff time on projects,” said District Board Chairman Doug Holdridge. “In the last five years alone, the district has secured more than $5 million from state and federal sources complementing local funds for local projects.”

The capacity crowd of guests was treated to a relaxing meal and slideshow of work performed in 2012. District Manager Steve Lorraine praised the group.

“This is a way for us to give back, celebrate the season and say thank you for all your hard work and support to water quality initiatives,” Lorraine said.

Shawn Payne of Payne Construction, LLC, in Earlville said his outfit enjoyed working with the district and staff to make improvements in our watershed.

“It’s important for our agricultural neighbors and the community as a whole,” Payne said.

To learn more about the work the Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District does for the community, contact the district at 315.824.9849 or at madcoswcd.com.

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