Board & Election Information

Board Members

  • Chairman
    Jeff DeShon
    Elected Area: 
    Years Served: 
    Since 2013

    Jeff DeShon raises goats and has cropland where he grows beans, corn, and wheat.  Jeff comes from a family long involved with the Boone County SWCD.

  • Vice Chairman
    Darin Schnarre
    Elected Area: 
    Years Served: 
    Since 2013

    Darin Schnarre is also an active cattle rancher and cropland farmer.  His family has been very involved in the agricultural and political landscape of Boone County.

  • Treasurer
    Jim Bullard
    Elected Area: 
    Years Served: 
    Since 2011

    Jim Bullard is an active cattle rancher. Jim utilizes a managed intensive grazing system for his cattle and has hosted grassland contests on his farm.

  • Member
    Carter Ward
    Elected Area: 
    Years Served: 
    Since 2019

    Carter Ward is an active cattle rancher, utilizing rotational grazing to manage his livestock.

  • Secretary (University of Missouri Extension)
    Letiticia (Tish) Johnson
    Years Served: 
    Since 2020

    Tish Johnson is the University of Missouri Extension County Engagement Specialist in Community Economic Development.

Board of Supervisors Meetings

Meeting Place:
USDA Service Center inColumbia.
Meeting Date and Time:
Second Tuesday of each month at 9:00 a.m.

All board members can be contacted through the Boone County Soil and Water Conservation District.  These members are excellent stewards of the land and promote good soil and water conservation measures on their farms.

The Boone County Board of Supervisors is responsible for administering the cost-share funds for agricultural soil and water conservation practices installed in Boone County averaging over $200,000 each year in regular funding. The board also employs and supervises two full-time employees and one part-time employee.

Board members serve a term of four years and are elected by the landowners of Boone County.

Election Information


Boone County SWCD Board of Supervisors

Let it be known that the Boone County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold an election for one supervisor in each of two different territories in the county on February 1 to 22, 2022. Anyone that owns a farm in Territory 2 (Perche, Katy, or Missouri Townships) or Territory 4 (Rock Bridge, Three Creeks, or Cedar Townships), and meets the qualifications listed       below, may be considered as a candidate in the election. You may submit your name for participation in the election by completing the self-nomination form and delivering it to the district by 5:00 P.M. on December 2, 2021.  The self-nomination form is available online at or in person at the district office (see contact info below).

Supervisors of the district administer district policies and programs, district personnel, and cost-share funding made available by the one-tenth-of-one-percent parks, soils and water sales tax. During fiscal year 2 0_, the district provided (insert dollar amount) of cost-share funds to (insert number) landowners to assist the landowners with installing agricultural erosion control and water quality practices.


Boone County Soil and Water Conservation District

573-875-5540 ext. 3.  

601 Business Loop 70 W

Suite 213E

Columbia, MO 65203

Elections are held every two years.

The qualifications required to be a supervisor are:

  1. Being a land representative from the district (as defined in 10 CSR 70-4.010 (1) (I)). A land representative is defined as the owner or representative authorized by power of attorney of any farm lying within an area proposed to be established, and subsequently established, as a soil and water conservation district under Chapter 278, RSMo. Each farm is entitled to representation by a land representative: provided, however that the land representative is a taxpayer of the county within which the soil and water district is located.

  2. Residing in, or owning a farm in, the area from which he/she is nominated where there is an expiring term.

  3. Being a cooperator of the district, defined as, "a person who is actively engaged in farming and practices conservation activities related to agriculture".

  4. Being a current resident and tax-paying citizen of the county for at least two years preceding the election date.

  5. Being eighteen (18) years of age or older by the election date.