One tradition of the Hoosier Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society is to present awards at their annual meeting. SWCS is a non-profit organization, made up of soil conservation professionals who work for various partners and agencies in the soil conservation field.
One of the awards the Hoosier Chapter passed out at its Soil Health Symposium held recently in Indianapolis honored a farm family that exemplifies the conservation ethic in Indiana. The family was nominated by one of the members of the Hoosier Chapter.
The Lough family, Montgomery County, was named as the recipient of the award this year. Jeff Lough, part of the family farming operation that includes his parents and other family members, accepted the award on behalf of the family.
The award was made to the Lough family for their continual effort over time to take care of their natural resources, and to practice soil and water conservation principles. Their farm is located near Darlington.
The SWCS also recognizes someone or a group or agency for the education and information award. This year the award went to Manchester College. The college has partnered with a wide variety of conservation agencies and others to spread the word about conservation and see that conservation gets on the ground in a watershed in their area. Their focus has been on educating local farmers and landowners, and providing information about soil conservation.
Some 25 years ago, Tom J. Bechman, editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer, received the communication award from the Hoosier Chapter of the SWCS for his work in covering education and writing education articles. Bechman began writing about soil conservation when he joined Indiana Prairie Farmer in 1981.
He was later also recognized with a communications award at the national level from SWCS in 1988 at the national meeting in Columbus, Ohio.