Skip to main content

Louders win top awards at SWCD banquet

January 23, 2013

The father and son team of Johnny and Jeremy Louder were honored as Outstanding Conservation Farmers for Howard County during the Soil and Water Conservation District's annual banquet at Heritage Museum Tuesday evening. (HERALD photo/Steve Reagan)

The father-son farming duo of Johnny and Jeremy Louder received top honors at the annual Howard Soil and Water Conservation District's annual banquet Tuesday evening.

The Louders, who have farmed in Howard, Martin and Glasscock counties for more than 50 combined years, were named the district's Outstanding Conservation Farmers for 2012.

Johnny Louder began farming in 1973, while his son, Jeremy, is in his 13th year in the business. Both are Texas Tech graduates who grow both dryland and irrigated cotton on their farm lands.

They were hailed by SWCD Board Member Kevin Hamlin for being conservation-conscience in their approach to farming, which has “greatly reduced wind erosion damage to their cotton, improved soil health and eliminated the use of all insecticides since 2005.

“Johnny and Jeremy have constructed basin terraces and waterways to reduce water erosion and to effectively contour farm their dryland cotton,” Hamlin said. “They have also utilized the Conservation Reserve Program to take highly erodible land out of production by planting these acres to permanent grass.”

In addition, the Louders have utilized rainfall harvesting from their equipment sheds to capture rainfall and store it for use in their spraying operations, Hamlin said.

“It is very apparent that this father and son team has successfully merged conservation and production agriculture into their farming operations,” he concluded.

Also during the banquet, the district honored winners of its annual poster contest. Those students are Madison Smith of Elbow Elementary, Alejandro Valencia of Moss Elementary, Cameryn Nalley of Marcy Elementary, Makayla Chambless of Washington Elementary and Kevin Marciarena of Goliad Elementary.

With the Big Spring Steers sitting 24 points out of first place at the halfway point of the 2015...
The Grady Wildcats are are headed to the championship game at the Class A boys’ state basketball...
High school track and field action will take center stage this afternoon as the 2015 Big Spring...
New Listings!! 3807 E. HWY. 350 2600 BIRDWELL Lane
NEW LISTINGS 901 Runnels 2606 E.24th 2602 Coronado
Disney releases the new song, “Make Today the Perfect Day,” from the "Frozen Fever" short film.

 

Premium Drupal Themes by Adaptivethemes