Ashland SWCD honors landowners Moody and Elson

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ASHLAND, Ohio — The Ashland Soil and Water Conservation District presented awards during their annual meeting Aug. 13.

Therman Moody, 93, was selected as the individual with a long career of achievement in agriculture and conservation by the Ashland SWCD board of supervisors and presented with the 2017 Horizon Award.

In 1952, he bought a farm on County Road 1754. On the farm he worked with Don Coffman and instilled conservation projects that included drainage tile, a concrete feedlot, and two spring developments.

He raised Registered Holsteins, but In 1967, he changed to a beef operation and raised Charolais cattle.

In time, he switched his breed preference to Angus cattle and began to keep horses for a hobby.

Therman and Grace were married for nearly 70 years and raised four children, Judy, Dean, Alice and Carolyn.

They have twelve grandchildren and twenty-one great grandchildren.

David Elson was awarded the 2017 SWCD Outstanding Cover Crop Promoter.

This Orange Township resident farms 250 acres and assists his grandfather Gaylord, his father Jim, his uncle Ron and his brother Jessie for total of 1,300 acres.

They seeded 1,200 acres of cover crops last fall. They also raise corn and soybeans as well as wheat and rye seed.

He owns Hilltop Custom Fabrication, a mobile agri-welding and custom fabrication business. He is a Mapleton High School graduate and participated in 4-H and FFA. He and his wife, Jessica are active in the Nankin Community Church where he serves as a trustee.

Also at the meeting Martin Michel was elected by ballot for a three-year term to serve as a trustee.

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