Retiring district board member Denman honored

Tribune Chronicle

CORTLAND — Longtime Trumbull Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor Davis Denman has decided to step down and will retire effective Sunday.

Denman, who served 29 years, was recognized for his service at a recent meeting of the board of supervisors by other board members, TSWCD staff and state and county officials. His family also attended.

District Administrator Amy Reeher said the supervisors announced that the newly constructed outdoor education classroom located on the grounds of the Trumbull County Agriculture and Family Education Center in Cortland will be officially known as ”Davis Denman Education Pavilion.”

Denman also received a special award from Ohio Department of Agriculture Division of Soil and Water Conservation.

Denman was elected to his first term in 1987 and began his volunteer work at Trumbull SWCD in 1988. That same year, the national Envirothon competition was introduced in Ohio.

He has prepared for and implemented changes to the Clean Water Act in the early 1990s as well as weathered significant financial changes in the 2000s. Denman has served many roles within the board and is currently the fiscal agent.

Each county Soil and Water Conservation District is governed by a board of five locally elected officials, who are familiar with the county’s resource needs and can deliver a tailor-made conservation program.

In addition to his service locally, Denman was appointed in 2011 to the National Beef Board. Denman was the only Ohioan on the board at that time. He also has served as a trustee on the American Dairy Association, Dairy Farmers of America, and the Mid-East Milk Marketing Board.

Denman and his family own and operate a farm in Johnston.

In 2012, Davis and Bette Denman of Johnston were recognized as “Ohio’s Farm Family of the Year” by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Farmer Magazine and the Ohio Farm Bureau.

Since the program’s inception in 1984, the award has recognized farm families for their efforts of conserving soil, water, woodlands and wildlife on their farm.