From: Eric Nelson
Actions of the Winona Soil and Water Conservation District are not biased toward “organic” farmers. During my tenure as SWCD District 3 Supervisor from Aug 2011 to Dec 2012, I recall funding going just to “traditional” farmers.
As reported in the Winona Post, the SWCD was subject to a round of cheap shots and innuendoes, from elected and appointed county officials, Jacob and Hebert. When the once-reliable Legacy funding was suddenly cut by the state, county leaders should have been advocating for the SWCD. Instead, they chose to back-stab the chair and threaten “no bailout” over GMO labeling and organic farming. This rudeness is typical of tea party style ideological agendas that throw the baby (e.g., conservation programs) out with the bath water (do it my way only on GMO labeling, apologizing for agro-industry). The press so rarely attends SWCD meetings; wonder if there was a tea-off?
I am hopeful that Mr. Jacob will support continuation funding; he says he is for conservation. It is time to problem solve so the SWCD can continue its conservation mission, not mess with programs and threaten staff. This benefits the land, which includes the soil, water, air, plants, fish and wildlife of which we are also a part, both ecologically and economically.
The Post article included discussions about term limits for the SWCD chair. By the same token, the tea party “term” has run amok long enough, let’s vote them out; let’s heal the wounds suffered by citizens, by the land.
Editor’s note: Winona Post reporters keep abreast of local government issues and attend important meetings. In this instance, our reporter was alerted to the budget discussion by SWCD officials.