Meeting Notice

The Board of Supervisors of the Ross Soil and Water Conservation District will hold a regular meeting at 475 Western Avenue in Chillicothe, Ohio in Conference Room D of the Ross County Service Center on Tuesday August 9, 2022 at 8:30 a.m.

Telephone Conference 1-646-931-3860 | Enter Meeting ID 82963910321#

Annual Meeting

The Ross Soil and Water Conservation District will celebrate its 75th anniversary at the district annual meeting and banquet on August 18th at the Ross County Fairgrounds


Annual Meeting Banquet
Ross County Fairgrounds

Multipurpose Building
Thursday August 18, 2022
Doors Open at 6:00 p.m.

Dinner Served at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $12 per person • Click Here to Make Reservations or Ask a Question

Please RSVP by

August 11th

This 75-year milestone is shared by nearly 300,000 farmers nationwide. Over a million farm producers are over age 65, and in the last 40 years, the average age of a farm’s principal operator has risen from 50 to 59. With these kinds of demographics revealing an aging farm population, the district will present an informative program about farm transition planning. Attorney Ryan Conklin, president of the Wright and Moore Law Firm, works with farmers and farm families to hand down their farm to the next generation, keep the farm in the family and pass on a viable farming operation.

Antique tractors and a history of the district’s 75 years of soil and water conservation will be on display at the Ross County Fairgrounds Multipurpose Building. Supervisors will also present the district’s annual report to residents, introduce new supervisors running for 2023, and present the district cooperator of the year award to recognize farmers who practice conservation to prevent soil erosion and protect water quality.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and a dinner buffet will be served by Sunroom Catering at 6:30 p.m. on August 18th at the Ross County Fairgrounds Multipurpose Building at 344 Fairgrounds Road in Chillicothe, Ohio. Tickets are $12 per person. Residents can make reservations at 740-772-4110, extension 116 or email the district office at or visit The RSVP deadline is August 11th.

Ryan Conklin, the speaker for the evening was raised on a family dairy farm himself and has unique experience with the law to assist clients with a variety of issues related to agritourism, wind and solar leases, farmland transactions, dispute resolution, and farm transition planning. The Ohio State grad joined the Wright & Moore law firm in August 2015 and became the president of the firm in January 2022.

With its history dating back to the dust bowl era of the 1930’s, and organized in 1947, the conservation district was formed to encourage and implement practices to prevent soil erosion, protect water quality, and encourage the stewardship of natural resources. The district receives most of its funding from the Ross County Commissioners, additional funds from the State of Ohio and is governed by a volunteer Board of Supervisors.

Ross SWCD provides free technical assistance to landowners implementing conservation practices through the farm bill or for the CAUV tax program. The district provides county services related to geographic information systems, residential neighborhood drainage and runoff, wildlife habitat, and a broad range of conservation initiatives. Residents can find more information about Ross Soil and Water online at the district website or call the district office at 740-772-4110, extension 116.

Local Weather Information

Board Meetings

The Ross Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors regular meetings are held at 8:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in Conference Room D at the Ross County Service Center.

August 9
September 13
October 11
November 8

December 13

The Annual Meeting will be held on August 18, 2022

Contact the District Administrator for more information including log-in codes for telephone and video conferences.

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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
Greg Rouse - GIS Coordinator
To reach the
Ohio Department of Agriculture
about Agricultural Pollution
Call 614-265-6610


Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program

The Ross Soil and Water Conservation District is a local sponsor under the Clean Ohio Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP). This means the Ohio Department of Agriculture Office of Farmland Preservation can partner with Ross County landowners and the Ross Soil and Water Conservation District to permanently preserve Ohio farms. Contact the district for more information or visit the Farmland Preservation website for more information.

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.