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Jimmy Emmons Steps Up to Presidency of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts at Their 79th Annual Meeting

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 09:57:38 CST

Jimmy Emmons Steps Up to Presidency of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts at Their 79th Annual Meeting The Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD) held its annual meeting February 26-28, 2017. More than 300 individuals gathered at the Embassy Suites in downtown Oklahoma City to learn about soil, water, air and wildlife conservation efforts, elect new officers to the OACD board and honor conservation leaders.

"The 79th OACD annual meeting was a unique opportunity for district directors, agency staff and agriculture producers to share information about the really great conservation efforts that are happening in Oklahoma," said Jimmy Emmons, OACD President.

General session speakers included Mike Brown, Executive Director of the National Association of State Conservation Agencies, who spoke about the importance of conservation districts and the role of district directors, Dr. Jim Chamberlain from the University of Oklahoma's WaTER Center who shared with attendees about how to conserve water across the globe and Jona Tucker who spoke on the Blue River Head Water Protection project.

Conservation District Directors elected new officers for the OACD board including Jimmy Emmons of Leedey, Okla., as President and Bryant Reeves of Willow, Okla., as Vice-President. Also new to the board is Joe Caughlin of Tonkawa, Okla. Bill Jordan of Paoli, Okla., Larry Wright of Weatherford, Okla., Elmer Maddux of Mooreland, Okla., Marty Hern of Westville, Okla., and Dale Jenkins of Holdenville, Okla. all remain on the board, as does immediate past president Steve House of Watonga, Okla.

On the final day of the meeting, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays talked with Emmons about his reasons to serve in the leadership of the organization, as well as getting his views on a common worry of those not involved in using cover crops on their farmland- losing water in your soil because of growing the cover crop. Emmons told Hays that such worries have no basis in fact- as studies show that cover crops lower the soil temperature and help build up the ability of the soil to "bank" moisture when it rains.

You can hear their complete conversation by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.

The Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts is a private, nonprofit organization representing conservation districts across the state and individual members dedicated to protecting our state's natural resources and improving the environment.


Ron Hays talks with Jimmy Emmons at 79th annual meeting of the OACD
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