November 21, 2018

Annual meeting to honor farmers, students

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STERLING — Awards for the Farm of the Year, Agricultural Lifetime Achievement and poster contests will be distributed during the Arenac Conservation District’s annual meeting Feb. 15 at the Deep River Township Hall.

Goodroe Farms in Sterling was selected as Farm of the Year and Mitch Pula of Standish is this year’s recipient of the Agricultural Lifetime Achievement Award. Along with the awards, Hergott said district Forester Anne Collins, who is based out of Tuscola County, will speak at the annual meeting.

“Our district forester will be coming to speak about small woodland management if somebody’s got just a small plot of trees that they want to manage for wildlife habitat or just to keep up as a healthy forest,” she said.

“She’ll be there to answer questions if they have bigger properties as well,” Hergott said.

A dinner catered by H&H Bakery and Restaurant of Pinconning will be served starting at 6 p.m. Dinner is $5 per person. Hergott said the cost of the meal helps pay for the food. Two positions on the conservation district board will also be filled during the meeting, Hergott said. The seats for current members Dick Dell and Earl Steinbauer are up for election this year, she said.

The annual meeting typically draws a decent crowd, Hergott said.

“Last year I think we had 140 people, which is a little bit more than we expected,” she said. “It’s great to see people come and enjoy the speaker and see the awards, and to learn more about what we do.”

For more information, contact the conservation district office at 989-846-4565 ext. 5. The Deep River Township Hall is located at 525 E. State St. in Sterling.

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