The Neshoba County Soil & Water Conservation District hosted its annual banquet on Oct. 2 at the Neshoba County Coliseum with approximately 100 members in attendance.

Outstanding farmers and conservationist were honored during the annual banquet.

Poster contest winners were awarded as follows: Sophia Meruvia, first place, in grades 4-6; Shameka Farmer, first place grades 7-9; Kristopher Chapella-Otter, third place grades 10-12; Johannna McMillan, second place grades 10-12 and Shanita Morris, first place grades 10-12.

A special recognition was given to Neshoba Central's fourth grade teachers for their outstanding educational contribution in participating in the "Go Garden program" earlier in the year.

Honored were Megan Alexander, Christy Conn, Connie Clark, Stacie Clark, Jennifer Fortenberry, Chrystal McKinney, Kim Nicholson, Katie Pilgrim, Jessie Smith and Pam Smith. Present to accept this award were Pam Smith and Jennifer Fortenberry.

The "Conservation Farmer of the Year" award was presented to Harvin Hudson.

Other awards were presented to Ricky McDonald for "Outstanding Poultry Producer," William Brent Gray and Dale Gray for the "Outstanding Livestock Producers" and Michael Vick for "Outstanding Fishpond Management."

Sidney Ladd Jr. received "Outstanding Woodland Conservationist" but was unable to attend the banquet. Roy Bain accepted on his behalf.

Jimmy Bates received "Outstanding Wildlife Conservationist" but he was also unable to attend. His son, John Carr Bates, accepted on his behalf.

The district would like to thank everyone who assisted with the banquet and all the Soil & Water Conservation District members who made the membership drive a success this year.

The Neshoba County SWCD appreciates each member for taking an active role in sustaining our natural resources and for your continued support.