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Title: Biennial report...of State Soil Conservation Board
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Florida -- State Soil Conservation Board
Publisher: The Board
Place of Publication: <Tallahassee> Fla
Creation Date: 1945
Publication Date: -1954
Frequency: biennial
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Subjects / Keywords: Soil conservation districts -- Periodicals -- Florida   ( lcsh )
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Dates or Sequential Designation: -Jan.1,1953-Dec.31,1954.
General Note: Description based on: Jan.1,1943-Dec.31,1944; title from cover.
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BIENNIAL REPORT
STATE SOIL CGCSERVATITE BOA)D
January 1, 1945 June 30, 1947


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FOIEITORD


This report covers the period from the last printed biennial report,
January 1, 1945, to the beginning of the fiscal year, June 30, 1947. During
part of this time an Acting Extension soil Conservationist was on the job.
No effort is being made to develop as much detailed information as would
normally be given if the report was being made on a current basis.

This report to the State Soil Conservation Doard covers briefly the
activities of soil conservation districts in accordance with the State Soil
Conservation Districts Act, Chapter 582, Acts of 1939. According to authority
of the Act and action by the Board, the Director of the Florida Agricultural
Extension Service serves as Administrator to the Board. Responsibility dele-
gated to the Administrator includes that of assisting groups of people in the
State to organize soil conservation districts and the coordination of activities
and operations after organization. All actions are subject to review and
approval by the State Soil Conservation Board.

The Extension Soil Conservationist is a cooperative employee of the
Florida Agricultural Extension Service and the U. S. Soil Conservation Service.
He is administratively responsible to the Director of the Florida Agricultural
Extension Service. The Extension Soil Conservationist heads the educational
work in the districts before, during and after organization of the district.

After landovmers have determined that a soil conservation district is
needed and will contribute to the agricultural development of an effected
area, the State Soil Conservation Board authorizes the organization of the
district. Then the county agent assumes the responsibility for educational
work on a county level. All new districts have been organized on a county
basis.


H. $. MCLENDON
Extension Soil Conservationist





State Soil Conservation Board

J. Thomas Gurney, Chairman, Orlando

N. B. Jordan, Quincy

Thomas 'B. Dryant, Lakeland

M. L. Hershon, iliami

J. Henson INarkham, Jacksonville


J. T. Diamond, Secretary, Tallahassee










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BIENNIAL REPORT


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STATE SOIL CONSERVATION BOARD

FOR THE PERIOD

January 1, 1945 June 30, 1947

At the close of 1914 there were 25 soil conservation districts organized
in 28 counties. From then until June 30, 1947, 11 new districts were organized
covering 11 counties. Each district is named after the county 'ihich it covers
except the Tupelo district which covers Gulf County. Listed below are the names
of the newly organized districts and the dates on which the charters were issued:

District Date charter issued

Putnam January 22, 1945

Indian River January 29, 1945

Tupelo (Gulf Co.) February 3, 1945

Brevard February 5, 1945

Polk February 19, 1945

Manatee River iMay 15, 1945

Orange July 23, 1945

Gilchrist August 7, 1945

Pasco April 8, 19L6

Hillsborough July 8, 19%6

Hamilton August 7, 1996

A number of these districts are located in the peninsular area of the
state. The major agricultural problem of this area is water control and manage-
ment. Each of these districts has been organized on a county basis.

The U. S. Soil Conservation Service has entered into a cooperative agree-
ment of understanding with the Board of Supervisors of these districts. This
agreement enables the Soil Conservation Service to furnish trained technicians
to the districts. These men are trained to give district cooperators technical
assistance in planning and carrying out soil and water conservation and improved
land-use practices. This assistance is administered through the State office
of the U. S. Soil Conservation Service located in Cainesville, Florida. There
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group is headed by a supervising officer who has charge of a number of districts.

The Florida Commission of Game and Fresh Water Fish, the Production and
Marketing Administration, and the Florida Forest and Park Service have each
rendered valuable service to many of these districts. Local groups, such as
boards of county commissioners, chambers of commerce, farm bureaus, civic clubs,
schools, and trade and professional organizations have been very cooperative in
assisting the districts in planning and carrying out their programs. The Florida
State Road Department, U. S. Engineers, and U Geological Survey have cooperated
by furnishing needed and essential information.

In the southern peninsular area of the state the outstanding conservation
work in a number of the new districts has involved pasture improvement. The
Agricultural Conservation Program of the Production and i.arketing Administration
has been of considerable help in encouraging this pasture improvement work.
Through their assistance to cooperators in the districts in carrying out con-
servation practices which met approved specifications and conditions of payment,
the landowner has been able to recover a considerable part of the actual cash
cost of establishing pastures.

The continued high prices for beef cattle and dairy products have also been
of assistance to landowners undertaking these soil and water conservation programs.

Large quantities of lime and fertilizer have been used under the above
mentioned conditions. This has enabled cooperators to grow more and better grasses
Good clover sods have been established in some of these pastures.

Considerable work has been done with citrus grove owners. Several groves
have been planted on the contour by cooperators who received technical assistance.
Growing legume cover crops in citrus groves has been encouraged. Engineering
assistance has been furnished both grove and vegetable cooperators in planning
irrigation improvements.

In the older districts which were organized in northwest Florida, soil and
water conservation work has continued. Some of these districts include farm lands
which have considerable slope. Part of this land has been under cultivation for a
number of years, and most of this time has been planted to row crops. Under these
conditions considerable erosion had begun to show in a number of the fields. In
an effort to prevent this erosion, a number of miles of terraces have been
erected. Contour cultivation has been put into practice. Rotation of crops
has been so arranged that soil building crops come into the rotation. Some fields
have been taken out of row crop production and devoted to permanent pastures.
There has been a large increase in acreage planted to both summer and winter
legumes.

Farm forestry has been given special attention in a number of these districts.
Better management of wood lots has been put into practice. In a number of fields,
which were showing considerable erosion, pines have been planted. Interest in
forestry work seems to be on the increase. The county agent, the personnel













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assigned to the districts by the Soil Conservation Service and the Boards of
Supervisors of the districts are giving this phase of conservation more attention.

Soil and water conservation work is beginning to show considerable results
in a number of the older districts of Florida. Conservation farm planning is
being put into practice on more and more cooperator farms. These farmers are learn-
ing to treat their land according to its needs and use it according to its
capabilities. They are learning that conservation means proper use and care of
the land. Dach field or acre must be put to its best use and protected according
to its needs, before complete soil and water conservation is put into practice.

Supervisors' reports show the following results to December 31, 19t6:


Practice

Crop rotations
Cover crops
Contour farming
"oodland improvement
later disposal area
District farm plans
Strip cropping
Crop residue management
Proper stocking
Terracing
Diversions
Kudzu
Perennial grasses
Tree planting
Farm drainage
Farm ponds
wildlife e areas
Sericea
Pasture improvement
Firebreaks
Irrigation
Fish ponds


Planned

315,065 acres
89,4l9 acres
167,246 acres
505,593 acres
5,258 acres
5,274
15,025 acres
66,01 acres
478,135 acres
17,556 miles
331,458 feet
22,054 acres
11,097 acres
17,310 acres
468,622 acres
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85,455 acres
1,514 acres
482,673 acres
2,l45 miles
38,893 acres
227


Established


192,670
53,187
93,798
275,677
1,721
1,798,682
4,882
32,718
234,483
7,814
202,989
6,529
2,334
4,275
121,885
104
71,270
595
81,550
734
23,362
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Financial Statement:

Receipts plus balance 1/1/6
Expenditures 1946
Balance December 31, 1946


$59,627.17
37,844.77
21,782.40


According to the State Office of the U. S. Soil Conservation Service, there
are a total of 18,978,098 acres now covered by soil conservation districts, of
which 6,869,813 were covered by soil conservation surveys as of June 30, 1947.
October 31, 1947, 2,567,842 acres were covered by 7,283 farm plans.


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SUPERVISORS OF SOIL CONSEnIVATION DISTRICTS


AS OF JUNE 30, 1947


ALACIHA DISTRICT

Z. C. Ierlong, Chm.
A. L. Jackson, Vice-chm.
Hi. H. Eryant
H. H. Simmons
Loonis Blitch, Sec.
Lacy L. Doke

BREVARD DISTRICT


Thomas L. Cain, Jr.,
inm. J. Folson
'im. F. Kloeppel
A. J. Knecht
Alexander P. Thomas
J. T. Oxford, Sec*

BLACKWATER DISTRICT
(Santa Rosa County)


Chm.


Cozart, Chm.
Driskell
illis
Lewis
Test
LicCall, Sec.


CHARLOTTE DISTRICT
(Charlotte and 2 Twp.
in SE. Sarasota Co.)

E. 0. Friday, Chm.
A. C. Frizzell
D. F. Jones
Fred L. Betterton
L. F. Yeomans
N. 1. IcQueen, Sec.


CHIPOLA RIVER DISTRICT
(South & East Jackson,
and North Calhoun Counties)

John E. Lambe, Chm.
A. J. Harrison
Raymond Branton
Joel T. Paulk
John D. Fuqua
J. WJ. Alone, Sec,


CHOCTAIHATCHEE RIVER DISTRICT
(Walton and West Iolmes Counties)

Ernest T. Hall, Chm.
Glen Iloore
J. D. Heath
i. C. Burke
Braxton Tarren
iitchell Jilkins, Sec.

GADSDEN DISTRICT


S. iI. Strom, Chm.
F. P. iilliamns
T. *'. Green
A. II. Butler
Tom Maxwell
A. G. Driggers, Sec.

GILCHRIST DISTRICT

Carl Langford, Chm.
J. F. Beach, Sec.
B. G. Curry
Ralph Taylor
C. R. Colson

GULF DISTRICT
(Citrus and Hernando Co.)

J. To Daniels, Chm.
Ed. L. Watkins
John L. Ayers
J. Hansel Boyd
Harry E. IMiaynard
0. I. Mines, Sec.

HA'IILTOT DISTRICT


Roy Blair
A. C, Hogan, Chm.
C. C. Bullard
Joe S. Howell
J. N'. Mitchell
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HARDER DISTRICT


Alton H. Carlton, Ohm.
Luther Blackburn
"7. E. Pierce
Leon Stephens
17ard Gillett
E. H. Vance, Sec.


HI~TDfR DISTRICT


JEFFERSON DISTRICT

Preston B. Bird, Chm.
Chester B. Routh
Larkin Hundley
Marion D. YTalker
Fred A. Boyd
E. IT. Stephens, Sec.


LAKE DISTRICT


Earl R. lurray, Clim.
Joe A. Hilliard
Asa Tonvsend
Dennis Small
Joe D. Hendry, Jr.
H. L. Johnson, Sece

ISTOMPOGA DISTRICT
(Highlands County)

C. Park Anderson, Chm.
C. A. DeVane
Ivey Fiutch
lirs. 0. B. TUaggaman
T. J. Durrance
V. IT Oxer, Sec*

HILLSDORCOUT DISTRICT

A. B. 1cihllen, Chin.
Arden IHays
Lyle Diclkan
J. LI Cone
Henry Carlton
Alec white Sec.

OCLI.,S CREEK DISTRICT
"~ast Holmes and Iforthwest
Jackson Counties)


Patterson, Chm.
Hodges, Sec.
Kent
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Register


J. Carlislo Rogers, Chin.
U. A. L. Booth
7.1 A. Hunt
J. IT. Kauffman
Chas. Z. Osborne
R. E. ITorris, Sec.

ItADISCaI DISTRICT

Carl Burnett, Chm.
E. H. Smith
1.* B. Coody
7J. L. Gaston
A. D. Reams
IT*. !7. Glenn, Sec.

IHATATEE RIVER DISTRICT
(lanatee County)

J. N. McClure, Chm.
Clarence Edwards
S. E. Harrison
G. C. Valentine
Herman Burnett
E. L. Ayers, Sec*

OKLAYTAHA DISTRICT
(Marion County & 2 Twp. in
NE. Sumter County)

B. B. Beck, Chm.
U'. IT. Proctor, Vice-Chm.
Henry Catrell
C. "fank" Camp
Horace Hull
Carl Hendricks, Sec.


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IDDIAN RIVER DISTRICT

E. E. Carter, Chm.
Paul Robertson, Vice-chm.
Gilbert Barkiskie
Dale Talbeit
Alex U. Trburn
Marcel A. Boudet, Sec.


ORANGE DISTRICT

A. H. Reppard, Chm.
Clarence Datson
L. U. Tilden
Tarley A. Hard
Phil C. Peters
F. 2. Baetzman, Sec,


ORi2T( HILL DISTRICT
(':ashington and Bay
Counties)

R. L. Cainer, Chm.
Farrell Nelson
R. :. Peel
J. G. Hentz, Jr.
J. H. Hinson
H. 0. Harrison, Sec.

PASCO DISTRICT


Hines, Chmi
Gould
Naber
Cannon
Copeland
Higgins, Sec.


P:;ACE RIVER DISTRICT
(DeSoto County)

R. E. MHorgan, Chmo
J. H. Turner, Vice-chm*
S. N. Smith
H. I-. Parker
J. F. Hollingsworth
'. L. Toods, Sec.


OCHLOCKONEE RIVER DISTRICT
(Leon County)

J. Il. Parker, Chm,
O. P. Harvey
Payne HI. iidyette
Leonard A. Delp
G. A. Pichard
17. IT. Brovn, Sec*

POLK DISTRICT


Douglass B. Bullard,
George Chambliss
Ledley H. 'ear
D. L. Palmer
E. V. 1ihidden
TU. P. Hayman, Sec.


PUTNIjAM DISTRICT

R. J. Hancock, Chm.
David H. Gautier
Q. I. Roberts
Geo. Rawson
H. J. Jones
H. E. Maltby, Sec.

SANTA FE DISTRICT
(Columbia County)

D. A. Means, Chm.
A. B. Clark
.lex B. Lee
ii. G. House
L. I. River
J. i.. Kennedy, Sec*


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JUMiPER CREEK DISTRICT
(Sumter County, except


Roy Caruthers, Chm.
,U. J. Hooten, Vice-chm.
J. A. Traylor
U. C. 'Vicker
L. L. Giddens
1. J. Platt, Jr., Sec*


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PERDIDO RIVER DISTRICT
(Fscamrbia County)

J. A. Davis, Chm*
Collin C. Hanks
7.. C. Barrineau, Jr.
Crawford Rainwater
Joe Gilmore
7. F. Finlayson, Sec.

PINMLLAS DISTRICT

i7. A. Iicl.ullen, Jr., Chm.
E. E. Beckett, Vice-chm.
J. R. Shoecraft
Thomas J. Barns
:. C. Overcash
J. H. Logan, Sec.

VOLUSIA DISTRICT

L E. igle, Chm.
_. T. Peterson, Vice-Chm.
H. C. Allen
Dawson Brown
John Luznar, Jr.
W. J. Platt, Jr., Sec.


SUL'TA'iT:E, RIVER DISTRICT
(Suwannee County)

Marvin Phillips, Chm.
U. Dan Ross
Harvey F. 'Tiggins
T. J. Fletcher
G. P. Green
S. C. Kierce, Sea.

TUPELO DISTRICT
(Gulf County)

Dave Gaskin, Chm.
C. L. Organ
James Rich
Basil E. Kenney
Floyd C. Lister
C. R. Laird, Sesc

YELLOTT RIVER DISTRICT

P. E. Robinson, Chm.
Jcseph Steele
H. L. Hilton
Grady Baggett
Halcolm I.;orrison
Fred 77. Barber, Sec.


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