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February 2018 Minutes, Feb 14, 2019

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

Mike Adams – Vice Chairman

Linda Minton – Supervisor

Jennifer Abbey – District Conservationist, USDA NRCS

Bess McKinney – District Administrator; St. Lucie SWCD

Leona Yates – Ag MIL Team Leader; Treasure Coast RC&D

Mr. Gates called the meeting to order at 1:30p.m. Mr. Adams motioned to approve the November minutes. Mrs. Minton seconded, motion passed.

Mrs. McKinney went over the treasurer and budget report with the board. Mr. Adams motioned to approve the treasurer and budget report. Mrs. Minton seconded, motion passed.

Mrs. Abbey went over the USDA NRCS report with the board. She told the board there are currently 16 active EQIP contracts. There are 8 active contracts for CSP. Mrs. Abbey told the board that she is currently assisting USDA Farm Service Agency with ECP. She also informed the board that NRCS is currently accepting applications for ACEP-WRE.

Mrs. McKinney updated the board on the Citrus Show booth the District shared with USDA and the St. Lucie Ag MIL. She told the board that about 300 people attend the show.

Mrs. McKinney reminded the board that the 2018 Indian River Lagoon Envirothon is scheduled for February 23, 2018 at Smith Ranch in Okeechobee County. Mrs. Yates, Mrs. Abbey along with Mrs. McKinney will be attending working the soils station. She also discussed the Districts continued support of the Envirothon by also purchasing the breakfast food and a few snacks. After discussing, the board was in agreement to continue their support of the Envirothon.

Mrs. Abbey went over the updated Guidance on Required Annual Civil Rights and Equal Opportunity Discussion with Partners with the SWCD Board. After discussing, the St. Lucie SWCD Board signed the Affirmation of Review.

There being no further business to bring before this board, the meeting was adjourned at 2:05pm. The next regular board meeting will be held February 13, 2018 at 1:30pm at the St. Lucie County Agricultural Complex located at 8400 Picos Road, Ft. Pierce Fl.