Wayne McKeever Is Ready For Re-election
Wayne McKeever, Conservation District Supervisor for the Upper Ohio Conservation District, is hoping to keep his position after residents head to the polls for the May 8 primary.
The Tyler Star News mailed McKeever a simple questionnaire and a request for brief biography.
McKeever said he was raised on a 500-acre farm in Pocahontas County. He graduated in 1978 from WVU College of Agriculture and Forestry with a B.S. in Agriculture. After graduating, he taught Vocational Education.
McKeever moved to Tyler County in 1979 after accepting a position as County Executive Director (CED) for the WV Farm Service Agency, where he worked until his retirement in 2013. During his employment as CED, McKeever was also President of his employee association.
In 2014, McKeever was elected as a Conservation District Supervisor for the Upper Ohio Conservation District. During much of the past four years, McKeever has been involved, and currently serves as Chairman, with the WV Envirothon, which is a competition for high school students in the areas of soil, forestry, aquatics, and wildlife.
When asked what makes him qualified for the Conservation District Supervisor position, McKeever said he feels with his extensive agricultural background and his leadership ability, he is an ideal candidate.
We also asked McKeever to name a few goals he would have as the Conservation District Supervisor. His response is as follows:
Conservation Supervisor is a position that the general public knows very little about, but without Conservation Districts and farmers that care about soil and water conservation, we would not be enjoying plentiful food supplies and clean water. Locally, farmers of Tyler county have installed conservation practices over the past 80 years to conserve our soil and make it more productive. Through education, technical help and cost share programs, the Conservation District has helped farmers reduce erosion. I would like to help continue this effort.
I would also like to make the public more aware of how important soil and water conservation is and how much we rely on local farmers in our community.
I believe that student-centered conservation and environmental education programs are a must in our schools. A study from Stanford University states that environmental education has led to a number of positive impacts, from improving academic performance, to enhancing critical thinking skills, to developing personal growth and life-building skills, including confidence, autonomy, and leadership.
I also believe that we must continue to work on new practices and methods to help conserve soil, water, land and related resources in my District and throughout West Virginia.
I believe we must support our local farmers and agricultural producers because they are the backbone of our community.