TEMPLE — Scott Buckles of Stratford, was re-elected on May 4, 2021, to serve another two-year term on the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB). Buckles represents TSSWCB Area I, which consists of 51 counties and 49 Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) in the panhandle and south plains region of Texas.
Buckles also serves as Chairman of the Sherman County Soil and Water Conservation District and has been a member of the board since 1992.
Buckles, has been a member of TSSWCB since 2011 and is the managing partner of Buckles Farms. The family operation has been in business since 1917 and currently produces corn, grain, sorghum, wheat and stocker cattle. He is also the co-owner and operator of a crop and aerial spraying service.
When Scott has spare time he builds and operates a 1/8th scale railroad and enjoys spending time in Red River, New Mexico. Scott and his wife Dana have 3 children, Carson, Haley and Hunter.
Since its beginning, the TSSWCB has been governed by five board members. Each respective board member is elected in a convention type election by delegates from soil and water conservation district directors within the state district that the member resides. However, with the enactment of S.B. 1828 by the 78th Legislature, two Governor appointees also serve on the TSSWCB to create a seven-member board.
TSSWCB established in 1939, administers Texas’ soil and water conservation law and delivers coordinated natural resource conservation programs through the State’s 216 Soil and Water Conservation Districts. Additionally, TSSWCB is the lead agency for planning, implementing, and managing programs for preventing and abating agricultural and silvicultural nonpoint sources of water pollution. TSSWCB also works to ensure that the State’s network of 2,000 flood control dams are protecting lives and property by providing operation, maintenance, and structural repair grants to local government sponsors.