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December 2021 Minutes, Apr 19, 2022

DECEMBER 14, 2021

The St. Lucie Soil and Water Conservation District regular board meeting was called to
order at 1:30p.m., at the St. Lucie County Agricultural Complex. Those in attendance were:

Philip C. “Flip” Gates Jr. – Chair, St. Lucie SWCD
Mike Adams – Vice Chair, St. Lucie SWCD
Stephen Koppelman – Supervisor, St. Lucie SWCD
Matthew Kyle Hamilton – Supervisor, St. Lucie SWCD
Jennifer Abbey – District Conservationist, USDA NRCS
Tony Coleman – Ag MIL Team Leader, Treasure Coast RC&D
Bess McKinney – District Administrator, St. Lucie SWCD

Mr. Gates called the meeting to order at 1:30p.m.

Mr. Johnson motioned to approve the November 9, 2021 minutes. Mr. Koppelman seconded; motion passed.

Mrs. McKinney went over the treasurer and budget report with the board. Mr. Adams motioned to approve the Treasure and Budget reports. Mr. Koppelman seconded; motion passed.

Mrs. Abbey went over the USDA NRCS report with the board. Mrs. Abbey updated the board on the current contracts. There are currently 26 active EQIP contracts and she is still processing 11 FY2022 applications. There are 7 active CSP contracts and there are 0 FY2022 applications. They are accepting FY2022 ACEP-WRE FY2022 applications. The deadline is December 30, 2021.

Mrs. Abbey also told the board that Katie Pritchett has transferred to new position out of state with USDA NRCS. Mrs. Abbey told the board that the office without a Soil conservationist right now.

Mr. Coleman explained that the new Ag MIL Contract amendment has opened up more ways for him to complete his evaluations. He explained that FDACS has lifted a lot of the restrictions they had last year, which will make it a lot easier to complete all the evaluations.

Mrs. McKinney presented the AFCD Dues for the Board to discuss. After discussing, Mr. Adams motioned to approved paying the AFCD $350.00 Dues. Mr. Koppelman seconded; Motion passed.

There being no further business to bring before this board, the meeting was adjourned at 2:00pm. The next regular board meeting will be held January 11, 2021 at 1:30pm at the St. Lucie County Agricultural Complex located at 8400 Picos Road, Ft. Pierce Fl.

Philip C. “Flip” Gates Jr.
Chairman, St. Lucie SWCD