A proclamation was presented to the Highland Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors and Staff by the Highland County Commissioners. Pictured are: (front, l-r) Megan Scott District Resource Specialist and Pam Bushelman District Operations Manager; (center, l-r) Commissioner Shane Wilkin, Jeff Boike Supervisor, Chuck Williams District Technician, Kyle Mustard Supervisor, Commissioner Jeff Duncan and Commissioner Terry Britton; (back, l-r) Jim Carr Supervisor, Dan Chambers Supervisor and Larry Shannon Supervisor.
A proclamation was presented to the Highland Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors and Staff by the Highland County Commissioners. Pictured are: (front, l-r) Megan Scott District Resource Specialist and Pam Bushelman District Operations Manager; (center, l-r) Commissioner Shane Wilkin, Jeff Boike Supervisor, Chuck Williams District Technician, Kyle Mustard Supervisor, Commissioner Jeff Duncan and Commissioner Terry Britton; (back, l-r) Jim Carr Supervisor, Dan Chambers Supervisor and Larry Shannon Supervisor.
Courtesy of Pam Bushelman
Highland SWCD
District Operations Manager


A celebration was hosted on April 18 by the Highland Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the Highland County Historical Society to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Highland SWCD and the 60th anniversary of the World Plowing Match.

Former Division of Soil and Water Conservation Chief Larry Vance was the featured speaker to highlight the 75th anniversary of the District. He spoke about the District being the first formed in the state on April 18, 1942 and read the testimonials from locals as to why there was a need for the District.

All past Highland Soil and Water Conservation District supervisors were honored for their service during the event.

The SWCD was privileged to receive proclamations in recognition of their 75th anniversary from the Highland County Commissioners, Speaker Clifford A. Rosenberger of the Ohio House of Representatives, Congressman Brad Wenstrup and Ohio Governor John Kasich.

John Wickerham was the featured speaker to highlight the 60th Anniversary of the World Plowing Competition. He shared memories of the match held in Adams County in 1957, where Highland County resident Duane Mootz was named the Contour Plowman Champion.

Historical memorabilia was displayed by the Highland SWCD, the Highland and Adams Historical Society, Southwestern Ohio Farm Toy Collector Club, the Highland County Antique Machinery Club, the Highland County Recycling and Litter Prevention and the Highland County Farm Bureau to focus on conservation awareness and the heritage of agriculture.