District Five to elect soil, conservation board member

TEMPLE–Soil and water conservation districts in State District Five will elect a member to the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) on Tuesday, May 3. The election will be held at 6 p.m. in Room 219 of the Student Development Center on the campus of Tarleton State University in Stephenville.

State District Five consists of 51 counties within which there are 41 soil and water conservation districts in the Blackland- Oak Woods Prairie and Edwards Plateau region of Texas.

The current TSSWCB member for State District Five is Barry Mahler of Iowa Park. Mahler, who has been a member of the TSSWCB since May, 2007, is an Iowa Park businessman and cotton and wheat farmer. Mahler also serves Precinct 3 on the Wichita County Commissioner’s Court and is a reporter for Farm Bureau Roundup, a weekly farm radio program produced by the Farm Bureau.

Elected State Board members must be 18 years of age or older, hold title to farmland or ranchland, and be actively engaged in farming or ranching.

The Governor appointees must be actively engaged in the business of farming, animal husbandry, or other business related to agriculture and wholly or partly own or leases land used in connection with that business. They; however, may not be a member of the board of directors of a conservation district.

TSSWCB is responsible for nu merou s nat u ra l re sou rc e conservation efforts, the most prominent of which is serving as the lead state agency for the prevention, management, and abatement of nonpoint source pollution resulting from agricultural and forestry-related activities in Texas.

The TSSWCB, which was organized in May 1939, has its state headquarters in Temple, Texas. Within the state there are 216 soil and water conservation districts.

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