ST. LUCIE SOIL AND WATER
NOVEMBER 12, 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:
Mike Adams – Vice Chair
Linda Minton – Supervisor
Robbie Johnson – 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 October minutes. Mrs. Minton seconded, motion passed.
Mrs. McKinney went over the treasurer and budget report with the board. Mrs. Minton motion to approve the budget and treasurer report. Mr. Adams 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 16 active EQIP contracts. There are 8 active CSP contracts. Mrs. Abbey told the board that she has been making CSP payments.
Mrs. Abbey told the board that Katie, USDA NRCS Soil Conservationist is away at Boot Camp. She explained all new employees go to Boot Camp for training.
Mrs. Abbey told the board that USDA NRCS will be able to help people that have been approved to grow HEMP now.
Mrs. Yates updated the board on the AG MIL activities. Mrs. Yates told the board that Alyssa Leicht, Ag MIL technician will be leaving for a new job. Mrs. Yates told the board she will be looking to hire a new employee. Mrs. Yates told the board that they have most of their evaluations for this quarter already.
Mrs. McKinney reminded everyone of the Farm-City Ag Bar-B-Q scheduled for November 21, 2029 at the Havert Fenn Center.
Mrs. McKinney discussed the AFCD and NACD dues with the board. After discussing, Mr. Johnson motioned to pay both AFCD and NACD Dues. Mrs. Minton seconded, motion passed.
Mrs. McKinney and Mrs. Yates updated the board on the Envirothon. Mrs. McKinney told the board that it will be held at the Environmental Learning Center in Indian River County on February 28, 2020 this year.
There being no further business to bring before this board, the meeting was adjourned at 2:15pm. The next regular board meeting will be held December 10, 2019 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