At the 2015 Jim Wells County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Awards Banquet on Tuesday night honored the efforts of a local farmer, a friends of conservation and area students.

The SWCD board of directors along with family and friends of the guests of honor filled the Women's Building at the Jim Wells County Fairgrounds.

Those honored were Farmer of the Year Garry and Leslie Nock and Aisha Cruz-Reyes as the 2015 Friend of Conservation.

Garry has been farming since 1981. The Nock's were selected to receive the award because of their innovative farming methods and their adoption of practices that help control soil erosion.

“In everything we do we try to be conservative whether with soil and water or reducing trips across the field to conserve on fuel,” Garry Nock said.

“There's a lot of good farmers in the county. I'm just honored that they picked me,” he said. “I don't know what I've done special.”

Cruz-Reyes was awarded for her efforts to promote the resources for people who live in rural area through the assistance of the Texas-Mexico Border Coalition.

“I'm very honored for this award,” Cruz-Reyes said. “We try to emphasize that famers and ranchers should produce as much as they can to make a living, but also to think about how long we want are resources to last.”

Also honored at the awards banquet were student essay contest winners from Memorial Intermediate School.

The students essay theme was on “How Soil and Water Conservation Helps Feed the World” with first place winner Jay Dee Zamora, second place winner Madison Valdez and Mariah Pacheco.

The JWC SWCD is a non-taxing subdivision of the state government that carries out its conservation efforts through several partnership efforts such as Natural Resources Conservation Service, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, JWC Commissioners Court and the Texas-Mexico Border Coalition Community Based Organization.