Wells County Soil & Water Conservation District

117 West Harvest Road • Bluffton, IN 46714 • 260-824-0624 ext. 3

The District works to provide technical, financial, and educational services
to help Wells County land users conserve soil, water, and related natural resources.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

63rd Wells County Soil and Water Conservation District, 52nd Rock Creek Conservancy District, and Wells County Purdue Extension’s Combined Annual Meeting

Our Annual Meeting took place on February 21, 2019 at the Wells County Community Center in Bluffton, IN.  A wonderful meal was provided by Southern Wells Church.  Wells County SWCD held Supervisor elections.  Kevin Brickley was elected to a 3rd term.

Awards  were given to the following:

4th Grade Poster Contest

Top 4 Soil Judgers from Wells County in 2018

                2016 River Friendly Farmer of Indiana.

John Maddox (R) pictured with his Son, Mike Maddox receiving the River Friendly Farmer of Indiana award.

Annually, each county Soil and Water Conservation District may nominate up to two farmers who do an outstanding job of protecting their rivers, lakes and streams through their everyday conservation management practices on the farm. The statewide initiative recognizes farmers, who through good production management practices helps keep Indiana’s rivers, lakes and streams clean. John Maddox of Maddox Family Limited Partnership farms in the Salamonie River watershed.

The following conservation cropping systems or practices are used on Maddox’s Farm. No till – Conventional Till, Variable Rate Corn & Cover Crops. John also utilizes Waterways, Rock Chutes, Terraces, 2-stage Ditch, CRP, soil testing & nutrient management. With these practices, John has seen that sedimentation leaving the farm has been decreased greatly due to the use of these practices. He believes that these conservation practices have greatly reduced erosion which in turn increases soil health.

John is a current member of Farm Bureau since 1961. His family is involved in community 4-H, greatly involved in local high school where his family has been personally the recipient (twice) of the Monsanto Growers award.

We congratulate John Maddox of Maddox Family Limited Partnership as our 2016          River Friendly Farmer of Indiana.

Our speaker for the evening was Cindy Sheets from   Sweet Life Honey Farm

Cindy Sheets

Cindy Sheets

2016 Poster Contest - 1st place

2016 Poster Contest – 1st place

2016 Post Contest - 2nd place

2016 Poster Contest – 2nd Place

2016 Poster Contest - 3rd place

2016 Poster Contest – 3rd place

59th Wells Co. Soil andWater Conservation District and 48th Rock Creek Conservancy District Annual Meeting.

It was held on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 at Bluffton High School.




The Wells Co. Soil & Water Conservation District meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the NRCS/SWCD office, 117. W. Harvest Road, Bluffton, IN.

The agenda is posted at the office location.  The meetings are open to the public, and the public is encouraged to attend.