TEMPLE — Scott Buckles of Stratford was re-elected on May 2nd, to serve a successive two-year term on the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB).
Buckles represents TSSWCB Area 1, which consists of 51 counties in the Panhandle and South Plains regions. Area 1 encompasses 49 Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs).
Established in 1939, 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, TSSWCB is the lead agency for planning, implementing, and managing programs for preventing and abating agricultural and silvicultural nonpoint sources of water pollution. TSSWCB also 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.
The TSSWCB board of directors consists of five elected members and two gubernatorial appointees who must be actively engaged in farming or ranching. The five TSSWCB elected members are chosen in a convention type election by SWCD directors in the State District in which the TSSWCB member represents.
Buckles currently serves as Chairman of the Sherman County Soil and Water Conservation District, which he has been a member of since 1992. He has been a member of TSSWCB since 2011 and is the managing partner of Buckles Farms. The family operation has been in business since 1917 and currently produces corn, grain, sorghum, wheat and stocker cattle. He is also the co-owner and operator of a crop and aerial spraying service.
When Scott has spare time, he builds and operates a 1/8th scale railroad and enjoys spending time in Red River, New Mexico. Scott and his wife Dana have 3 children, Carson, Haley and Hunter.