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Hess named Outstanding Conservation Farmer for ’B4
ELIZABETHTOWN - The
annual meeting of the Keystone
Chapter of the Soil Conservation
Society of America (SCSA) was the
setting where York County dairy
farmer Charles Hess was named
the 1964 Outstanding Conservation
Farmer for Pennsylvania.
Hess was selected from
nominations submitted by
Keystone Chapter SCSA members
from throughout Pennsylvania.
The award was based on the
quantity and quality of con
servation accomplishments on the
farm and Hess’s involvement in
promoting conservation in the
Hess and his wife Shirley, who
reside on their 178 acre century
farm at Dallastown, R.D. #l, at
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tended the Chapter’s annual
banquet to receive the award.
In accepting the award, Hess
thanked the Society and voiced his
concern over an increasing trend
in retiring or absentee landowners
renting large blocks of land to the
highest bidder, with little or no
concern for soil and water con
servation. He characterized the
renters or leasees as non-local
operators, utilizing large capacity
machinery to plant wall-to-wall
high value erosive crops such as
potatoes, soybeans and corn.
This combination of factors is
not compatible with the good soil
and water conservation measures
needed to protect the fragile soils
from excessive erosion on the
rolling Pennsylvania landscape.
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The net result is a steady decline in
soil and water resources in the
areas where these conditions exist.
Hess urged Society members to
work harder to educate absentee
and/or retired resident lan
downers as to the seriousness of
this growing problerin.
The Hess family has practiced
conservation on their farm since
the Civilian Conservation Corps
(CCC) days of the 1930’5. Charlie
updated his conservation plan in
1973 and has since gradually ap
plied all recommended con
The farm which has been the
subject of local farm tours,
features contour strips, surface
water diversions, tile drains, a
spring development, manure
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management storage facilities,
pasture and woodland
management. The Hess operation
has also been featured in a
Production Credit film and a 1983
slide program on the Chesapeake
Charlie is Vice-Chairman of the
York County Conservation
District, where he works actively
to promote conservation of soil and
"Water through meetings and tours.
His other activities include
President of the Agricultural
Extension Advisory Board,
member of the Pennsylvania
Farmers Association, Penn
sylvania Corn Growers
Association and Pennsylvania and
National Plowmens organizations.
SCS schedules ground
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The Maryland Old Line Chapter of
the Soil Conservation Society of
America will sponsor a sym
posium, entitled, “Ground Water;
Concerns of the 80’s,” on Thur
sday, Aug. 23, at the Sheraton Inn
in New Carrollton, Md.
According to David P. Doss,
program chairman, the purpose of
the symposium is to explore the
ground. water issues facing
Maryland and Ine surrounding
“Ground water is a major source
of drinking water and most of us
take it for granted,” Doss said.
“We turn on the tap and expect to
see clean, clear water. However, in
a growing number of communities,
ground water pollution and
depletion is becoming a problem. ’ ’
The symposium, he added, will
provide policy makers, legislators
and the general with information
to better understand ground water
resources so that they can be
managed in the best interest of all.
The keynote speaker will be Dr.
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Hess was recognized as an
outstanding conservation farmer
in 1962 by the York Chapter of the
Izaak Walton League.
The Soil Conservation Society of
America is an organization made
up primarily of professional soil
conservationists, foresters, and
resource managers dedicated to
the art and science of soil
management. Soil Conservation
Society membership is open to
anyone interested in soil and water
The Society annually recognizes
outstanding individuals and groups
that contribute to the conservation
of soil and water resources in the
fields of agriculture, education,
government and community
Jay H. Lehr. The most frequently
quoted authority on hydrogeology
and water well technology in
America, Dr. Lehr is currently
professor of geology at the Ohio
Other speakers will represent
the research community, industry
and government. They include
Herbert J. Freiberger, U.S.
Geological Survey; James W.
Peck, Maryland Water Resources
Administration; George F.
Easterday, L. Franklin Easterday,
Inc.; Marian Mlay, Environmental
Protection Agency; Richard B.
Sellers, Maryland Dept, of Health
and Mental Hygiene; Arthur E.
Cohen, Charles County Office of
Sanitation; Gerald W. Winegrad,
Maryland State Senator; Marland
Deen, Charles County Com
missioners; and James O.
Lighthizer, Anne Arundel County
Cost of the symposium is |l5 per
person. Deadline for registration is
Aug. 17. Call 301-344-4180 for more
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