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Conservation District and NRCS Sponsor Local Field Day

story by Jaime Tankersley

Rodney Flanagan, chairman of the Runnels Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), hosted the 2011 5th grade Natural Resource Day Outdoor Classroom at his ranch in Runnels County.

Nearly 100 students took part in the annual field day which featured presentations from AgriLife Extension, Farm Bureau, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Lipan Kickapoo Underground Water District and local residents.

NRCS and Runnels SWCD sponsored the event that offered eight educational stations covering animal safety, crop production, water quality, erosion and wildlife habitat. Nearing the 20th anniversary of the field day, conservation education is the primary focus of all participants.

"We are extremely pleased that the County continues to let the children participate in this event." Flanagan said. "It is critical that these students understand and get a taste of what agriculture means to them, and truly know the importance of conserving our natural resources."

For more information about any upcoming activities, can contact the NRCS or Runnels SWCD at 325-365-3415 ext. 3, or visit them at 2000 Hutchings in Ballinger.

Alan Lange (right) with the Lipan Kickapoo Underground Water District explains how to conserve water and keep from contaminating water wells during the 5th grade Natural Resource Day. Alan Lange (right) with the Lipan Kickapoo Underground Water District explains how to conserve water and keep from contaminating water wells during the 5th grade Natural Resource Day.

Alan Lange (right) with the Lipan Kickapoo Underground Water District explains how to conserve water and keep from contaminating water wells during the 5th grade Natural Resource Day.

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) employees Charles Frerich and Kathy Saunders explain the effects of soil and wind erosion to a group of eager 5th grade students during the recent Natural Resource Day. Ron Knight (left) explains the effects of using native plants in your landscape during the Runnels Soil and Water Conservation District's Natural Resource Day.

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) employees Charles Frerich and Kathy Saunders explain the effects of soil and wind erosion to a group of eager 5th grade students during the recent Natural Resource Day.

Ron Knight (left) explains the effects of using native plants in your landscape during the Runnels Soil and Water Conservation District's Natural Resource Day.