GCSWCD Annual Meeting and Election Date Is Set.
The Gasconade County Soil and Water Conservation District will be hosting their 2017 Annual Meeting on March 30th at the Owensville Middle School beginning at 6 p.m. There will be a catered meal for all attendees, compliments of the District. Our guest speaker this year will be Trooper Darrin Haslag, he is currently assigned as a Criminal Investigator within the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control. His topic will be on “Rural Crime Awareness.” We will be honoring the winners of our 2017 poster contest, “Healthy Soils Are Full of Life” as well as other individuals for their contributions to our district and community. Please be sure to call in your reservations to 573-437-3478 ext 3 by March 22nd.
The GCSWCD will also be holding elections for the Area II-Roark and Boeuf Townships and Area IV-Canaan and Brush Creek Townships on March 30th from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The polls will be located at the USDA Service Center from 8—4:30 p.m. and then will move to the Owensville Middle School from 6:00—7:30 p.m.
Every agricultural landowner in Gasconade County (no matter what Township) has the right to vote for one representative in each area listed. The landowners must be listed on the Title of Deed. If owned by a husband and wife, both may cast a vote; however, if the land is in a Trust or other entity, only one person may cast the vote. One vote for each Area may be cast.
The Area II nominating committee, which consisted of Brenda Kurrelmeyer, Bill Diebal, and Russell Laboube, have nominated the following candidates:
Edward Laboube: Eddie has been farming for approximately 40 years. He owns a 150 acre farm and runs a diversified livestock operation of beef cattle and sheep. The cattle are run on a managed rotation grazing system and Eddie uses advanced technologies in timed synchronization protocols and Artificial Breeding (AI). He practices conservation management through terraces, waterways, and grazing management. Eddie currently works off the farm at the Callaway Energy Center. If elected, he would like to help solve problems related to conservation within his area. He would be available to support these activities both on-site and through office support. He would be actively involved in District Business. Eddie is a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1914, Missouri Beef Cattleman Association, National Cattleman Beef Association and the Lions Club of Hermann.
Harvey Hesemann: Harvey and his wife, Rebecca have 3 children and 5 grandchildren, with one on the way. Their home farm consists of 250 acres and he also leases crop and hay ground. Harvey operates a cow/calf herd—backgrounding calves and selling some Angus replacement heifers. He crops beans, corn, milo, wheat and raises all hay & silage needed for the cattle. He uses rotational grazing for part of the cattle, and no-till and reduced tillage for the crops. They are currently working to reduce toxic fescue on some pasture land. He has been farming for 45 years. If elected for this position, he looks forward to working with other board members and working with county producers to meet their conservation needs. He is a member of St. John Lutheran at Drake and has been a delegate to MFA District Meetings several times. He is a member of Gasconade County Farm Bureau.
The Area IV committee, which consisted of Kevin Hollander, Dorathea Koepke, and Virginia Buschmeyer, have nominated the following candidates:
Joel Wehmeyer: Joel is a lifetime farmer. Joel and his wife, Sara, have 5 children and they own 510 acres and rent additional acreage that brings them to approximately 900 acres running a cow/calf operation. Joel’s heifer calves are backgrounded until replacements are chosen. He has cropped some creek bottom ground that is rented since 1985. He also combines fescue seed when available and does custom combining. Joel has been active in the programs installing a rotational grazing system, strip grazing, and pest management. He would like to help people become more aware of the cost-share practices that are available. He feels that the use of these programs and being able to apply them to your farm can greatly increase productivity. Joel is a delegate for MFA Oil Co, an Elder at the St. John Lutheran Church, a member of the MO Farm Bureau and a member of the MO Cattleman’s Association.
Daryl Glaser: Daryl and his wife Judy have 3 children and operate a 192 acre farm. He has been farming for approximately 20 years. He rents 100 acres of cropland producing mainly soybeans and he does custom harvest on approximately 300 acres. He is currently employed at Kingsford Manufacturing in Belle. Daryl believes in the benefits of no-till and he would like to continue to promote this practice to improve our soil health and water quality. Daryl is a Parish Council and Knights of Columbus member. He is on the FFA Ag Advisory Board.
We encourage every agricultural landowner to come and vote for the representative whom you feel will make a positive influence in our program. Again, remember to call in your reservation at 573-437-3478 ext 3.