On Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 come one; come all to the annual meeting of the Eagle County Conservation District.
Also known as the Soil and Water District, the ECCD will host everyone in the old/original exhibit hall over at the Eagle County Fairgrounds. This year's meeting will be co-hosted with the Eagle County Cattleman's Association and is sure to feature some laughs, good food and a decent amount of great information.
With an awesome dinner catered by Pastatively, we cordially invite all Eagle County residents who own or manage two acres of land or more to come out that night. Please RSVP to ECCD Secretary and past President Katie Langdon @390-1983 or Katie@scrambled-acres.com. if you're coming for dinner. Please do RSVP, because we would sure be unhappy if there was not enough of that great food to go around. Door prizes will be prolific too with a gift certificate for Wylaco to be included.
Beside the prior paragraph's reasons for attending we will also feature two outstanding speakers that you will not want to miss. If you missed last year's meeting, we had Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Courtney Diehl with an outstanding Power Point presentation and Glenwood water attorney Michael Sawyer nailing down some tough water issues. They were sensational and this year will be no different with topics sure to excite the crowd.
As well as announcing the district's "Conservationist of the Year" we will be announcing this year's "Smaller Acreage Conservationists of the Year." This is new for us and we feel it is a very progressive award showing the optimization of farming on parcels less than 200 acres in size. So, yes, in other words conservationists, we are adding a new award for small acreage "farmer" of the year. This award represents the changing face of farming in this valley.
We hope to see you on the 24th.
FYI, maybe we can do better next year at giving out grant money to you guys! Eagle County Farmers, you forfeited thousands of dollars in available grant money for noxious weed control. We heard a lot of reasons why, but the best excuse has to be because you guys didn't want to do the paperwork! That is what many of you told us! "I can't find the receipts," we also heard. Look, a cancelled check is a receipt, the paperwork is two pages, for Pete's sake and we want to give you money! Chemicals and labor are expensive...take advantage of the cash that is available and out there for you! The ECCD does all the herbicide sales for Eagle County.
On another short note, seedling tree applications are in and available at Corky's on Highway 6 in Eagle. AND the Board has decided to send two kids on a free ride to science camp this summer. Please stay tuned to this column for more information. Check us out on the World Wide Web, as well, at www.EaglecountyCD.org. Remember, the ECCD through the NRCS has the technical expertise to map weeds, soil and about anything else on your property as well as replace head gates, install flumes and do hydroelectric. We'd love to help you!