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Doughty is Conservationist of Year
By AMANDA MCKAY, C-T News Reporter
Wed March 11, 2009

C-T Photo / Amanda McKay

CAPTION: Doug Doughty (right) was named Conservationist of the Year during the Livingston County Soil and Water Conservation District annual meeting held Monday night at the Litton Center at the Livingston County Fairgrounds. Doughty is pictured with Chairman of the Soil District Supervisors, Steve Radcliff (left).

Doug Doughty of rural Chillicothe was named Conservationist of the Year Monday night during the Livingston County Soil and Water Conservation District annual meeting held at the Litton Ag Center. Doughty graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., in 1981 and began farming in 1984. He currently farms about 1,500 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat, plus alfalfa and grass hay. He operates a 60 head cow/calf operation.

Doughty is also a co-owner with of DQ Precision Planting and Tillage, LLC with George Quinn, a business that sells tillage tools and planter attachments that enhance uniform seed spacing and germination, root development and soil conditions for effective conservation tillage farming. He is currently the chairman of the Livingston County Health Board of Trustees and is a member of the Livingston County Planning and Zoning Board of Directors.

Doughty has been using no-till or conservation tillage since 1984. He has built terraces and waterways on nearly 150 acres of land that he and his wife Barbara own. He maintains terraces and waterways that were built by his mother and father, Mildred and Merle Doughty and his uncle, John Peery.

Soil District Supervisor and vice-chairman David Morris, awarded Doughty a plaque at Monday’s meeting.

Steven Hopper, SWCD supervisor from 1983 to 2003, was also honored with the Distinguished Service Award at Monday’s Livingston County Soil and Water meeting and was initially awarded at the Annual Training Conference this last November.

Hopper is a Livingston County landowner who has been practicing conservation even before the Parks and Soils Sales Tax existed. Hopper grew up helping his dad build over 400 acres of terraces during a period of over 10 years. He continues practicing conservation today on his own farm. Hopper served on the Livingston County SWCD Board of Supervisors for 24 years. During that time, he served as president of the Missouri Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, an Area 2 Director for the MASWCD and represented the North Central Region while serving on the National Association of Conservation District’s Executive Board. Hopper has a very thorough knowledge of all district programs as well as the Parks and Soils Sales Tax law. Because of his life’s commitment and dedication to conservation, Hopper is not afraid to speak out. The current Board still utilizes his wisdom on legislative issues and other items.

Danielle Pauley, fifth and sixth grade teacher at Chula Accelerated School in Chula, Mo., was awarded the Conservation Educator of the Year at the Soil and Water annual meeting.

Pauley, who’s interest in conservation began at an early age, grew up on a farm near Galt, Mo. In the past five years at Livingston County R-3, she has spent a great deal of time incorporating the important lessons of soil and water conservation into her classroom, utilizing various sources of information including the Missouri Department of Conservation’s literature. Pauley’s classes actively participate in the Livingston County Soil and Water Poster Contest each year.

Due to the unique circumstances of teaching a combined class, Pauley has worked hard to find balance between foundational learning and application. Last year Pauley’s classes wrote a grant to educate the Chula community on the importance of recycling. Students worked with Pauley, the mayor, city council and the park board to begin a recycling day in Chula and developed a brochure that was then delivered house to house in Chula. There were 50 brochures distributed and 23 residents left items on recycling day, a 46 percent return on their very first effort. Students also made activity booklets for kids that teach how important it is to recycle. This will be an annual event in Chula adding a school wide recycling contest between classes this year, to see who can recycle the most paper. Pauley has purchased a scale that will allow the students to work with decimals, utilizing math skills, while managing the contest. Her students have even been recognized for their recycling efforts.

Other honors were given during the meeting to six young Livingston County artists who received top honors during the Conservation Poster Contest.

This was the first year seventh through twelfth graders participated in the contest. Winners of this division were Amber Kieffer, Alisha Ashford and Parker Leatherman. Amber Kieffer, eleventh grade student at Chillicothe High School, received first place honors in the Livingston County poster contest with her submission. Amber is the daughter of Robert and Michelle Kieffer. Alisha Ashford, 10th grade student at Chillicothe High School, received second place honors in the poster contest. She is the daughter of Jeff and Lori Ashford. Parker Leatherman, senior at Chillicothe High School, placed third in the contest. Parker is the son of Dan and Patti Leatherman. Conservation Poster Contest winners in the fourth through sixth grades were Cole Gutshall, Briana Lewis and Lane Bonderer. Cole Gutshall, fourth grade student at Central Elementary School, received first place honors at the Livingston County poster contest. Cole is the son of Bill and Angie Gutshall. Briana Lewis, who was unable to attend the meeting, is a sixth grade student at Southwest R-1. She received second place with her poster submission. She is the daughter of Rick Lewis and Sherri Lewis. Lane Bonderer, fifth grade student at Central Elementary, received third place in the poster contest. Lane is the son of Chris and Janet Bonderer.

All of the first and second place posters were on display during the SWCD meeting. This year’s Conservation Poster Contest theme was “Dig It! The Secrets of Soil.” There were 437 entries submitted in the fourth, fifth and sixth grades and 38 entries were submitted for the seventh through twelfth grades.

Yvonne Patterson brought her “Wings of Love” program to the annual meeting and taught the crowd about the exotic birds and their habitat. The birds also performed many tricks and demonstrated their abilities to sing, dance and even talk.

The evening concluded with numerous door prizes being handed out to lucky ticket holders.

The Livingston County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) was established in 1963. Landowners in Livingston County recognized the need to have a way to voluntarily help private landowners address their soil erosion problems. The purpose of the SWCD is to provide education and technical assistance in the wise use and management of our natural resources.

The Livingston County Soil and Water Conservation District is located at 1100 Morton Parkway in Chillicothe.

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