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Last summer, Guetterman Farms hosted its annual soil health field day. In 2019, 175 farmers attended. In 2020, socially-distanced morning and evening events allowed for safe attendance. Participants learned about local on-farm research, cover crop varieties and benefits. The Miami County Conservation District's annual meeting will be virtual this year.

PAOLA — Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Miami County Conservation District’s 75th annual meeting will be virtual this year.

Previously, the meeting has accompanied a dinner, usually at Paola High School in January, but this year the meeting will be conducted virtually at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9.

A link to the virtual annual meeting will be available online at www.miamicountycd.com shortly before the date of the meeting, according to the conservation district.

“It is likely we will move our meeting to February even in future years as we now have a ton of end-of-year accounting work given our multiple grants and funding sources,” said Lesley Rigney, district manager.

Landowner awards are still being given out this year, but there are only two categories — soil health and grasslands.

The grassland award winners are Brian and Jennifer Cornett of Fontana and Rick Newton, Marsha Hale and Cheryl Emmot of Poverty Knob Farm in northern Miami County.

The soil health award winners are Jim Meinig, Merle Kaiser, Ron Cutshaw and Richard Palmer.

Editor and Publisher Brian McCauley can be reached at (913) 294-2311 or brian.mccauley@miconews.com.

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