Chief Meteorologist Ryan Martin to speak at Darke SWCD Annual Meeting


GREENVILLE – Community members are invited to come celebrate the conservation accomplishments and partnerships from the past year with Darke Soil & Water Conservation District at its Annual Meeting and Banquet on Nov. 19 at the Greenville VFW.

The doors will open at 6 p.m. with the meal beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available for $10 and can be picked up at the Darke SWCD office located at 1117 Southtowne Court, Greenville. All are welcome to attend.

This year’s speaker will be Ryan Martin, chief meteorologist for Ohio Ag Net and Hoosier Ag Today. He will present on weather patterns, weather forecasting and the impacts of weather on grain markets.

Martin grew up on a small diversified livestock farm in North Central Indiana and graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Applied Agricultural Meteorology. He can be heard on the Morning Farm Show and read online at www.ocj.com, www.hoosieragtoday.com or in the Ohio Ag Net daily e-newsletter, Digital Dale.

Martin has worked in the private weather sector for more than 18 years, providing information to a wide range of clients. Based in Warsaw, Indiana, he developed a weather, risk management tool using weather derivatives to mitigate the problems that weather brings to all market sectors, not only the agricultural industry. Martin focuses on weather trends and incorporates how these trends will affect farming operations and market prices.

The election of supervisors is another highlight of the Annual Meeting & Banquet. This year there are three candidates for two seats on the Darke SWCD board. The candidates are Gary Goettemoeller (Wayne Township), Tom Harrod (Allen Township) and Craig Unger (Van Buren Township). Any Darke County resident or landowner over the age of 18 is eligible to vote in the Darke SWCD supervisor election. Absentee voting is open until 4 p.m. Nov. 19. The supervisor election will be held from 6-7 p.m. during the Annual Meeting and Banquet.

For more information, please visit the Darke SWCD website at www.darkeswcd.com or call its office at 937-548-1715, extension 3.