As a result of that devastation, the Kansas Legislature passed a bill that created conservation districts statewide in March 1937, ushering in a commitment by farmers and government to preserve land and resources.
The Bourbon County Conservation District is active in providing services to land users, educators, private and public interests and youth and youth leaders.
Drill services are available for rent to landowners in the district, with more than 2,500 acres being drilled. Burn equipment and manure spreaders are also for rent from the district, along with grass seed for farmers that is normally not available locally. Drilling is when a disc blade rolls the ground, penetrating the ground and planting a seed.
On Saturday, Jan. 19, members and friends filled the Uniontown High School Commons Area for the district's annual meeting, where landowners who have worked diligently to preserve the soil were recognized.
Bob and Joyce Love, who farm southwest of Fort Scott, received the Water Quality Award. Their entire farm, 320 acres has been seeded to grass.
Jack and Peggy Jackson, who live west of Hiattville, received the Grassland Award. All of the Jackson's 1,200 acres is in timber, grass and pasture.
The current board of supervisors includes Dean Bailey, chairman; Ronnie Brown, vice chairman; and Wayne Thorpe, treasurer; Robert Miller and Robert Larkin are members.
The BCCD board meets the second Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. The meetings are open to the public.