The Halifax Soil and Water Conservation District recognized local farmers Dan and James Lacy of Lacy Farms, Inc. for being progressive farmers in agriculture, production and conservation Tuesday evening when the district presented them the 2015 Outstanding Cooperator Award at the 2015 awards banquet.

The annual awards banquet was held at Ernie’s Restaurant in South Boston.

According to Chairman Page Wilkerson, the Lacys have been involved in BMP cost-share programs through the soil and water conservation district by implementing grassed waterways, critical area stabilization, cover crops, converting cropland to permanent vegetative cover and converting open land into forestry.

The pair has worked with the Halifax Soil and Water Conservation District and National Resources Conservation Services for many years to implement better conservation practices on their farm, said Wilkerson.

“They have been great supporters of the soil and water in the community. These individuals have been progressive farmers both in agriculture production and conservation, and it was our privilege to honor them,” said Wilkerson.

Also Tuesday evening, Heather Griles, Tara Bailey and Terri Murray spoke concerning their experience at the Virginia Tech Youth Conservation Camp. The Halifax SWCD provided scholarships to cover the cost of the camp for the three Halifax County High School students.

Dr. Bobby Hall, district associate director and education/youth activities chairman, presented the Wildlife Food Patch Contest Awards to young conservationists who had outstanding food plots in the annual competition sponsored by the district and Pennington Seed, Inc.

This year seed packets and planting instructions were made available to 25 area youth. The students are divided into two categories; age 8-12 and age 13-18, winners were chosen from each category. The winners in the junior division were Jacob Davis, first, Savannah Terrell, second, William Anderson, third, and Sabrina Covington, fourth.

The winners in the senior division were Ryan Williams, first, Jessica Glass, second, Zach Chappell, third, Austin Crews, third, and Taylor Crews, fifth.

Lorien Huemoeller, wildlife biologist with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, presented Weldon Anderson the 2015 Wildlife Conservation Award for his exceptional work in restoring and improving existing wildlife habitat.

Peter Eales with the Virginia Department of Forestry recognized C.B. “Champ” Anderson for outstanding accomplishments in forestry. Eales discussed his concern for the land and forests and described the work he has done over the years and continues to do on his farm.

Hudson Reese, district director, presented the 2015 Clean Water Farm Award to Thomas Langford.

Past Governor Baliles, in 1986, created an awards program to recognize deserving farmers and landowners who practice good conservation practices to improve water quality.

Approximately 80 invited guests, district directors and staff enjoyed a meal prior to the presentation of awards.