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COD : Donald H. Strietelmeier

1992 Certificate of Distinction Winner Donald H. Strietelmeier

Donald H. Strietelmeier


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Strietelmeier was cited for his soil and water conservation efforts, on his farm and with many local, area and state boards, committees and organizations.
Strietelmeier farms over 600 acres in Bartholomew County where he has reduced erosion to "T by 2000" stand­ards. He has built a number of erosion control structures, tile systems, and grassy waterways, and uses chisel plowing, no­tillage farm methods, pasture seeding, winter cover crops and crop rotations.
Strietelmeier has also provided com­munity leadership. Strietelmeier served as state president of the Indiana Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors, as supervisor and all other offices with the Bartholomew County Soil and Water Conservation District, and continues to serve as an assistant supervisor. He serv­ed as state president of the Indiana Asso­ciation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and was responsible for initiat­ing the "No Fall Tillage of Soybean Stub­ble" campaign.
In 1983 Strietelmeier was appointed to the Governor's Soil Resources Study Commission, which originated the "T by 2000" program. He was also appointed to the Governor's Commission on Water Management and served as chairman of the region's Water Quality Policy Ad­visory committee.
He serves on the Department of Environmental Management Solid Waste Board, the steering committee of Soil and Water Conservation Partners, Inc., and is chairman of the Soil and Water Study Committee for the Indiana Agriculture Institute. He served as the first chairman of the Bartholomew County Drainage Board, and continues to serve as vice­chairman.
He has served as president of the Bar­tholomew County Farm Bureau, the chairman of the Bartholomew County Modern Farmers. He served on the Bar­tholomew County Extension Board, and has made many trips to Washington, D.C., to meet with congressmen and con­gressional committees on soil conservation.
Strietelmeier has been honored several times for his conservation work. He received the Rural Service Award from the Bartholomew County Chamber of Commerce, the Indiana Rural Development Award, and the Gilman O'Neal Outstanding Conservation Farmer Award. Twice he received the Q.G. Noblitt Memorial Award for Conservation of Natural Resources.