SWCD Annual Meeting Feb. 4

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BRISTOW – The 71st Annual meeting of the Perry County Soil and Water Conservation District will be held on Monday, Feb. 4, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Bristow Community Center.

Fred Whitford, professor of clinical engagement at Purdue University will present Farming in the Early 1900s As Seen by Purdue Extension. He will share an entertaining and informative program on the early history of agriculture in the early years of the 20th century. Along the way you might see your grandpa or a relative that you might recognize.  Please join us in recognizing the contributions of thousands of individuals who have contributed their talents to the betterment of agriculture in rural Indiana.

Whitford oversees botany and plant pathology and is the director of Purdue’s pesticide programs. He received his bachelor’s degree in wildlife management from Louisiana Tech. He has expertise in pesticide safety education, pesticide registration, regulations, insurance, and environmental and safety audits. He received his master’s and doctorate degrees in entomology from Iowa State University. Whitford has served as the coordinator of the Purdue Pesticide Program since 1991.

He is the author of “The Grand Old Man of Purdue University and Indiana Agriculture: A Biography of William Carroll Latta,” “The Queen of American Agriculture: A Biography of Virginia Claypool Meredith,” “For The Good of the Farmer: A Biography of John Harrison Skinner, Dean of Purdue Agriculture,” “Enriching the Hoosier Farm Family: A Photo History of Indiana’s Early County Extension Agents,” “Scattering the Seeds of Knowledge: The Words and Works of Indiana’s Pioneer County Extension Agents” as well as two other books on pesticide management. He has authored more than 300 publications and become a popular speaker with more than 5,500 presentations given throughout Indiana and the United States.

In recognition of his significant contributions to Extension outreach efforts, Whitford has received numerous awards, including the Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence in Educational Service to Rural People of Indiana, the Outstanding Extension Faculty/Specialist Award from Purdue Extension, and an Excellence in Extension Award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. In addition, Fred was recently named an Honorary Master Farmer by Indiana Prairie Farmer and the Purdue University College of Agriculture.

Also, the Perry Central Future Farmers of America will give an update on their activities and programs. Election of a supervisor will be held and the 2018 Conservationist of the Year will receive an award.

A meal will be served at $5 for adults and $3 children 12 & under.  For reservations, contact the SWCD office at (812) 547-4686.