New Ross Grain’s Butch Nichol and Ariel McCloud accept the Conservationist of the Year Award on behalf of the company. Not pictured is NRG’s Kim Runner.
New Ross Grain’s Butch Nichol and Ariel McCloud accept the Conservationist of the Year Award on behalf of the company. Not pictured is NRG’s Kim Runner.
For 77 years since its creation, the Montgomery County SWCD, along with various conservation partners, continues to work with the members of the Montgomery County and surrounding communities to conserve natural resources.
The MCSWCD held its 77th annual meeting, Thursday, at Stone Creek Lodge near Crawfordsville. Guest speakers were Gary Truitt and Andy Eubank from Hoosier Ag Today. Their company, founded in 2006, is a combination of internet, newsletter and podcast services designed to serve the informational needs of Indiana Farm Families. In addition, Hoosier Ag Today is heard on over 50 Indiana radio stations, including the 3 stations in Crawfordsville.
Gary Truitt’s message included the inordinate emphasis on agriculture trade with China when there are other markets just as important; stressing that no one wins in a trade war and the current administration has allowed the entire agricultural industry to become a political tool.
“The agriculture industry should be based on science, not politics,” he offered.
When asked about immigration he stated that, “There has to be a balance at the borders. We want immigrants in the country to do the jobs we don’t want to do (such as picking produce) and, yet, we don’t want them to stay. You can’t have it both ways.” He finished with emphasis on everyone helping make local control the key to strong agriculture. “We have to have a positive story that consumers can buy into.”
MCSWCD Chairman Mark Roberts presented the Conservationist of the Year Award to New Ross Grain owner Butch Nichols. NRG began in the early 1900s as a grain elevator and has evolved over the years to encompass a multitude of agricultural services. NRG remains on the cutting edge of agriculture from seed sales to soil testing, always watching science for the best products and services available. Their mission is to work side-by-side with local farmers, applying the technology to fields right here at home.
The evening was enjoyed by representatives from all over Montgomery County, including a strong showing by the North Montgomery FFA Chapter and Kirk Rewerts, the Maintenance Supervisor of the Waveland/Russellville Waste Water Treatment Plant, along with his mother Marylou Rewerts.