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Scott Buckles Re-Elected to Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board

TEMPLE — Scott Buckles of Stratford, was re-elected on May 2, 2017, to serve another two-year term on the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB). Buckles represents State District I, which consists of 51 counties and 49 Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) in the panhandle and south plains region of Texas.
Buckles has been a member of the TSSWCB since May of 2011 and is the managing partner of Buckles Farms Partnership located in Sherman County. The family operation has been in business since 1917 and currently produces corn, grain, sorghum, wheat and cattle. Buckles is also involved in other retail businesses including crop and aerial spraying.
In other conservation capacities, Buckles has served 20 years on the board of directors of the Sherman County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) headquartered in Stratford.  Additionally, he previously served as President and Vice President of the Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts (ATSWCD). Buckles is also a past President of the Panhandle Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
Since its beginning, the TSSWCB has been governed by five board members. Each respective board member is elected in a convention type election by delegates from soil and water conservation district directors within the state district that the member resides. However, with the enactment of S.B. 1828 by the 78th Legislature, two Governor appointees also serve on the TSSWCB to create a seven-member board.
The TSSWCB administers Texas’ soil and water conservation law and delivers coordinated natural resource conservation programs through the State’s 216 soil and water conservation districts.  Additionally, the TSSWCB is the lead agency for planning, implementing, and managing programs for preventing and abating agricultural and silvicultural nonpoint sources of water pollution.

The agency administers a water supply enhancement program through the targeted control of water-depleting brush. In addition the TSSWCB works to ensure that the State’s network of 2,000 flood control dams are protecting lives and property by providing operation, maintenance, and structural repair grants to local government sponsors.

"Protecting and Enhancing Natural Resources since 1939."

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