Ross Williamson, right, accepts his award from Jerry Smith.
Ross Williamson, right, accepts his award from Jerry Smith.
Neshoba County Soil and Water Conservation District's Commissioner, Ross Williamson won the award of commissioner of the year at the central area meeting in Marion on July 19.

The award was given in recognition of his eight years of service to the district, his service to the community, and his hard work in conserving our natural resources.

Mr. Williamson has lived and worked on a farm all his life.

He is the fourth generation to farm the land and his son, John, farms with him today, so he'll take it into the fifth generation.

He is a member of the Neshoba County Forestry Association, the state Cattlemen's Association, the state Poultry Association and the local Farm Bureau.

He served two years in the U.S. Army, serving 14 months in the 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam, where he served in the Combat Infantry.

Here he learned how fortunate we are in this country to have all the Natural Resources we have and how important it is to preserve it for the generations to come, he said.