Matt Huie was recognized for his efforts in implementing practices to help conserve natural resources on the farms that he operates in Bee County such as: reduced tillage methods for residue management, conservation crop rotation, terraces, grassed waterways and contour farming. Matt is a fourth generation farmer and has been farming for 12 years and a cooperator with the Bee SWCD for eight years. Huie is a 1994 graduate from A.C. Jones High School and received his B.A. in science from Texas A&M University in 1998. He is currently on the Beeville ISD board, the Southwest Cotton & Grain Board and the Board of Southwest Counsel of Agri-business.
Nancy Cavallin was also entered into the TSSWCB’s Region III contest and won first place as the Conservation Teacher out of many other Soil & Water Conservation districts in Region III for her efforts in teaching her students the importance of conservation and agriculture. Cavallin teaches fifth and sixth grade science and coordinates lesson plans for K-4th grade at St. Mary’s Academy Charter School. She earned two degrees in horticultural sciences (B.S. from Texas A&M University in 1981, and M.S. from Oklahoma State University in 1997) and has created her own sixth grade curriculum around a large school garden, a memorial butterfly garden, landscaping newly acquired school property, hatching and raising chickens, chuckers and pheasants, recycling, composting and conservation.
The purpose of the Conservation Awards Program is to recognize and honor Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) and individuals who have dedicated their time, efforts and talents to making wise use of renewable natural resources.