Named the outstanding district in Area III

The Jim Wells County Soil and Water Conservation District #355 - comprised of Nelda L. Garcia (Chairperson), the late George Frank, Jr. (Vice-Chair), E.L. Spaniel (Secretary), Lindsey A. Koenig (Director) and Jerry Nock (Director) - was honored by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board as the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board's Area III Outstanding Conservation District at a banquet in Victoria on May 1.

More than 250 people were in attendance.

The Jim Wells County SWCD #355 was organized Aug. 13, 1997 and is headquartered in Alice.

The district partners with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, Texas Cooperative Extension, the Commissioner's Court and the United States Department of Agriculture.

The board holds an awards banquet each year to recognize outstanding individuals in the agricultural community.

They support educating youth, by encouraging the participation of the students in the essay and/or poster contest.

The winners of this contest receive recognition at the awards banquet.

Also, in the field of education, the district sponsored two young adults to attend the Youth Range Workshop in Junction, Texas.

The board has also donated to all the schools in the area more than 60 copies of the Jim Wells County 1966 General Land Office Official Survey Map, depicting all the land grants dating back to the 1800s.

The district participates in Soil Stewardship Week by purchasing and distributing program inserts or bookmarks to local churches and schools.

The board also sponsors workshops to provide information to our farmers and ranchers in different subject areas.

The district is a co-sponsor on seven Flood Prevention dams and three different stream channel segment control projects.

The district partners with the Extension Service in a GPS collar study that is aimed at providing more information for landowners to determine stocking rates, cattle grazing patterns and the effects of brush canopy on grazing land. The results of this study were presented at one of the recent workshops.

The Board of Directors is grateful to the following sponsors for their financial contributions that help fund many of the programs: 1st Community Bank of Alice, Orange Grove Co-Op, Value Bank of Orange Grove, Wells Fargo Alice, Wells Fargo Kingsville, Prukop Farms, Alice Management Company and the Jim Wells County Commissioner's Court.