Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District

Local Projects

Information/Education for Students


Lafe Schweissguth doing poster contest presentation to 4th gradersThe Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District goes to schools and presents the theme for the poster contest. The contest is open to all 4th graders in Warren County.

Posters this year are due no later than February 19, 2016. The current theme is "We all need trees ". If you are a home-school student at this grade level and would like to participate, please contact the office to get supplies and information.

Each class receives a first, second and third place ribbon along with prize money of $15-$10-$5. All first place winners go on to compete for the county-wide poster contest winner. The county-wide winner receives a plaque and gets the opportunity to compete against other counties in Missouri at the MASWCD Training Conference in November. Ribbons and prize monies are presented to students at their school.

The poster contest is a nationwide program sponsored by the National Association of Conservation Districts and local soil and water conservation districts in effort to spread the word about conservation to the youth of our counties. Local contest winners advance to compete at the state level with state champions competing for the national championship in the fall.

2016 County-Wide Winning Poster
Theme: "We All Need Trees"

This project is funded through the Department of Natural Resources.



Farm Tour Essay Winners - "What I Learned on the Conservation Farm Tour"

For each of the farm tours the district sponsors an essay contest that is held for all the 4th graders that attend. The rules are:

Work should be that of one student.

No longer than two pages.

Name, school's name and teacher's name should be written on the back of the essay - if it is not there, the essay will not judged.

The title of the essay is "What I Learned on the Conservation Farm Tour". An award is given to one student in each of the 22 classes along with a medal. An overall winner is chosen for each farm tour, their essay is also published in the Ag Tomorrow Newsletter.
                  This project is funded through the district's local funds.



For many years our district has hosted a Soils and Forestry Contest at the Ed Hambach Farm and Little Lost Creek State Forest near Pendleton. NRCS Soil Scientists judge the pits. The students identify properties of the soil, site characteristics and have to assess the suitability of the soil for ponds, basements, lagoons and sewage fields. The forestry portion of the contest is supervised by MDC Forestry office in Warrenton. Students identify different types of trees, know how to inventory for improving timberstand, identify different types of tools used in the timber industry and know how to figure board feet in tree for timber sales.

About 8-10 schools participate in the contest with key chains given to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place individual winners in each category and plaques given to team winners in each category.

Winning Soils Team
Forestry Judging
Soils Judging

This project is funded through the district's local funds and the 1/10th of 1% Parks and Soils Tax..




      PUETZ FARM TOUR Pictured are Karl Puetz, Jr. and Gary Puetz - The Puetz Family has been a farm tour host since 2000.

4th grade students from Rebecca Boone Elementary, Warrior Ridge Elementary, and Daniel Boone Elementary Schools.

Warren County Pork Association
Rocks and Minerals Stop
Trees and Wildlife Stop
Healthy Foods Stop
Fishing Stop


GLOSEMEYER FARM TOUR Pictured are Ralph and Vikki Glosemeyer, farm tour hosts since 1999.

4th grade students from Holy Rosary School, Marthasville Elementary, St. Ignatius School, St. Vincent's School and Liberty Christian Academy.

Glosemeyer Family
Electricity Stop
Hogs & Hearts Stop Farm Safety
Hogs Stop
Soils & Terraces  Stop




Pictured are Gene and Marilyn Reckamp and Marylin and David Reckamp, farm tour hosts since 1997.

4th grade students from
Wright City Elementary School.

Reckamp Family
Bees & Honey Stop
Hogs Stop
Stream Table Stop Trees & Wildlife Stop
Electricity Stop


Information/Education for Landowners & Cooperators

Contractors Breakfast Contractor's Breakfast - Usually held in the winter. Informs contractors of changes in cost-share regulations and changes they need to be aware of.
Some field work at a nutrient/pest workshop. Nutrient/Pest Management Workshop.
Grazing School - This is usually held in April. It is a two-day approved school for DSP-3 cost-share practice. There is a 25 per class limit.
Warren County Annual Meeting/Open House- usually held in March or April.
Reckamp High Tunnel Tour High Tunnel Tours
East Central Grazing Conference Speakers East Central Grazing Conference - This meeting is usually held in January or February and includes a main speaker and several break-out sessions.
FOSA Newsletter - Our newsletter is issued every two months and includes important information about cost-share practices, upcoming events, and information/education activities. Funding for the newsletter is made possible through our advertisers, district's local funds, and the 1/10th of 1% Parks & Soils Tax..