Live Oak —
The Suwannee County Conservation District (SCCD) celebrated their 72 years of service to Suwannee County and Soil Stewardship Week (April 27-May 4) at their Annual Soil Stewardship Awards Banquet on April 29 at the Church of God on US 129 in Live Oak.
The Soil Stewardship theme was “Dig Deeper: Mysteries in the Soil”.
SCCD Chairman Andy Jackson was the evening emcee and kicked things off with welcomes and introductions of the SCCD supervisory board.
The devotional/Invocation was conducted by Rev. Jerry Owens, pastor of Victory Baptist Church in Live Oak.
After everyone enjoyed a delicious dinner, the awards part of the program got underway. SCCD Supervisor James D. Williams recognized Dewane Knighton and Family as Conservation Farm Family of the year. Williams said that Knighton was a third generation farmer in Suwannee County and that Knighton’s grandfather had begun farming approximately 400 acres of cotton and peanuts in the 1930s. He said the farm has always been concerned and focused on water and soil conservation and finding ways to increase profit.
“They’re very conservation minded,” said Williams.
He then presented the Knighton family with a plaque of appreciation.
Jackson then introduced past national FFA president and guest speaker, Clay Sapp. Sapp, currently a student at UF, spoke about growing up on the farm and how he and his siblings each received a cow from their father. Sapp said ever since he was eight or nine, he would hound his dad to let him sell his cow for whatever item he wanted to purchase at the time. As he got older, the desired item would change and ultimately be more expensive. Sapp said he can now appreciate his father not letting him sell the cow, but rather teach him the cow was an investment and that over time would prove far more valuable.