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Beadle Conservation District

1386 Lincoln Ave SW

Huron, SD  57350

(605)-352-2998 ext 3


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SDACDE Karst Scholarship


The South Dakota Association of Conservation District employees (SDACDE) set up the Karst Memorial Scholarship in 1995 in memory of a fellow employee, David Karst, who passed away in 1992.


David Karst was employed with the Edmunds County Conservation District as District Manager from October 1972 until the time of his death on September 16, 1992.  He was very active in the soil and water conservation movement and dedicated to educating our youth on the benefits of conserving our natural resources.  David was named 1981 Outstanding Employee of the South Dakota Association of Conservation District Employees and also Honorary Chapter Farmer by the Bowdle Vocational FFA.  In 1983 he was recognized for his service to the South Dakota Association of Conservation District Employees.  In 1984 he was named Outstanding Alumni Member of Vocational FFA and in 1991 he received the Honorary State FFA Degree.


The SDACDE is offering three (3) - $500 scholarships.  The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage those students concerned with conserving their natural resources by furthering their education in an agricultural/conservation related field.  The scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors who will be attending a South Dakota 4-year college or a vocational school.


All applications must be postmarked on or before March 31, 2019.





Selection Criteria


Resource Conservation Speech Contest

Entrants Sought for 2019 Resource Conservation Speech Contest.   The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA), in cooperation with Touchstone Energy Cooperatives of South Dakota, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and South Dakota Association of Conservation Districts is seeking entrants for the 2019 Resource Conservation Speech Contest.


The contest theme is “Ag Technology: Farming & Ranching for a Future”  All South Dakota students in grades 9-12 (public, private or home school) are eligible to compete for $2,300 in higher education scholarships, provided by the East River and Rushmore Electric power cooperatives and South Dakota Rural Electric Association. 


Five place winners will be selected at the state level, with scholarships awarded to the top three finalists: first place is $1,100; second place is $750; and third place is $450. 


All contestants participate in contests coordinated by local conservation districts. Beadle Conservation District will be holding the local contest on March 23rd, 2019 @ 10 am in the USDA Field Office.  Local winners advance to area contests held in seven locations. The top area speakers compete April 27, 2019, at the state finals in Pierre. 


For more information please contact the Beadle Conservation District office at 352-2998 ext 3.