The Neshoba County Soil & Water Conservation District hosted its annual banquet on Oct. 8 at the Neshoba County Coliseum with approximately 65 members in attendance.

Outstanding farmers and conservationist were honored during the annual banquet.

The poster contest winner was also awarded: Sophia Meruvia received first place in grades 4-6.

A special recognition was given to Philadelphia Elementary Principal Stacie Collins for her Outstanding Educational Contribution in helping SWCD to bring new programs into Philadelphia Elementary.

With her help, SWCD brought in the "Tree-Give Away Program," the "Go Garden Program," and the continued the Conservation Carnival. She also helped to get the "Conservation: Pass it Down" flyers out to the entire elementary school!

The "Conservation Farmers of the Year" award was presented to Brent Gray and Dale Gray.

Other awards were presented to Rex Copeland for "Outstanding Poultry Producer," Steve Cumberland for the "Outstanding Livestock Producers," Willie Jackson for "Outstanding Fishpond Management," Chad Young received "Outstanding Woodland Conservationist," and Allen Crosswhite received "Outstanding Wildlife Conservationist."

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, officials said.