Annual Meeting

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The annual meeting topic will feature a preview of the much anticipated Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations. Steven Culman from the Ohio State University Soil Fertility Lab will conduct a free online webinar as part of the annual meeting. As a specialist in soil fertility, Culman has dedicated the last several years updating the fertilizer recommendations that were last published 25 years ago. To attend the meeting, contact the District to get an email invitation or more information. Call 740-772-4110 ext. 116.

District Election

The Ross Soil and Water Conservation District announces the supervisor election is a vote by mail election this year. Any Ross County resident age 18 or over can vote in the election which names volunteer supervisors for the district.

“With the pandemic disrupting the conservation district’s traditional annual meeting plans, we want to let our regular attendees know the election is vote by mail this year,” says District Administrator, Bob Neal. “We’ll hold an online annual meeting with an interesting workshop on August 20th, but voters have to get an absentee ballot and vote by mail before then.”


Neal says the workshop on August 20th will be a preview of the new tri-state fertilizer recommendations.


The Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission holds the election in accordance with Chapter 940 of the Ohio Revised Code. Individuals who own or occupy land within the Ross Soil and Water Conservation District and are 18 years of age or older may vote for Supervisor. Eligible voters include landowners and land occupiers, corporations, LLC's and trusts.


An eligible voter can cast a ballot by voting absentee until August 20, 2020, by requesting the ballot application and election ballot from the Ross SWCD office at the following address: Ross SWCD, 475 Western Ave Ste H, Chillicothe, OH 45601, by calling 740-772-4110 ext. 116, or by emailing Absentee ballots must be received by the Ross SWCD office by August 20, 2020.

One Supervisor will be elected to a three‐year term commencing January 1, 2021 and ending December 31, 2023.


Nominees are:

1. Brice Acton
2. Kathy Wakefield
3. Beth Workman


Supervisors oversee the district conservation office and technicians who work to assist farm producers and property owners control drainage, reduce tillage, promote wildlife habitat, implement farm bill programs, and provide services to support a range of conservation programs and initiatives intended to prevent soil erosion and protect water quality.


The Ross Soil and Water Conservation District has been assisting farm producers and property owners with conservation practices since 1947. Ross County residents can request free technical assistance about drainage issues and other conservation questions by calling the district office at 740-772-4110 (extension 116).

District Newsletter

Ross SWCD is
currently providing
Service by Appointment
Please Call
and Press 116
or send us an email:
Bob Neal - Administrator
JT Flowers - Wildlife/Eng Tech
Ben Givens - Urban/Eng Tech
​​​Chris Pancake - Eng Tech
Greg Rouse - GIS Coordinator
To reach the
Ohio Department of Agriculture
about Agricultural Pollution
Call 614-265-6610

Local Weather Information

The Ross Soil and Water Conservation District now has live weather data. Our weather station is located in northwest Ross County.

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Ohio Nutrient Applicator Forecast

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Logging Training at Scioto Trails

These "fellers" attended logging training at Scioto Trails. JT Flowers, Ben Givens and Chris Pancake attended the Ohio Forestry Association Master Logging class this week. Master Loggers do a lot to prevent soil erosion during and after a logging operation. Timber owners can file a voluntary Timber Harvest Plan with the Ross SWCD. Contact the District for more information.

Augmented Reality Sandbox at Unioto

Thank you to Unioto Middle School science teachers Olivia Muntz and Esmeralda Kight for inviting the Soil & Water Conservation District to demonstrate principles of topography with the District's Augmented Reality Sandbox. Julie Kyle and Chris Pancake met with students in small groups to review topographical maps and then students designed their own landscapes with the interactive AR Sandbox.