Pictured (L-R) Tony Franklin, Clamens Tiemann, Ben Garcia, Jerry Lee Schultz, Ray Thaler, and Ronnie Schulte

A Burton rancher has been honored for his outstanding contributions to the Texas Soil and Water Conservation Program.

Jerry Lee Schultz was honored as the Area 3 Conservation Rancher at a recent awards banquet in Refugio.

The Washington Soil and Water Conservation District #348 chose him to receive the award because of his involvement in the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentive Program and Conservation Stewardship Program.

Schultz used the practices he learned from those programs to improve his cow/calf production and hay production.

The Conservation Awards Program recognizes SWCDs and individuals who have dedicated their time, efforts, and talents to make use of renewable natural resources.

Schultz has also entered the state competition where he will be competing with five state areas that consist of 216 districts. The state banquet is in October at Moody Gardens in Galveston.

The Washington SWCD is going to honor Schultz at a local luncheon coming up on Friday, June 10, at the Rankin Agriculture Complex on the Blinn College Brenham Campus.

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