COLUMBUS– The Ohio Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) was recognized with a total of eight national, regional, and state Earth Team volunteer awards for exceptional service. The Earth Team is the agency’s volunteer workforce.
“Volunteers play a vital role in providing us with the necessary workforce to get our jobs tasks and conservation activities completed,” said Terry Cosby, NRCS State Conservationist in Ohio. “Great opportunities and achievements come from volunteering. Without the support of volunteers and the communities we serve, our conservation efforts goals would have been far much harder to achieve.”
An outstanding Earth Team Volunteer program relies on dedicated volunteers, and in 2018, more than 6,085 volunteers donated 46,214 volunteer service hours to Ohio NRCS valued at over $1.14 million.
NRCS State Conservationist Terry Cosby presented the following Earth Team awards during a ceremony in Columbus, Ohio.
National Earth Team Partnership Award – AG Venture 2018, Bowling Green, Ohio
The Wood County AG-Venture Self-Driving Tour was designed to be an entertaining and educational opportunity to highlight Ohio’s #1 industry – Agriculture. Seven tour sites recorded 1,785 visitors for an average of 255 visitors per site. Events such as these not only bring a community together, but also serve to educate and inspire people to take care of our precious natural resources in the hopes of ensuring agricultural sustainability.