TOWALIGA SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT
The Towaliga SWCD was originally chartered on June 11, 1944. The district originally included Lamar County as a member, but Lamar Co. eventually chartered its own conservation district. The district is composed of six counties: Butts, Fayette, Monroe, Pike, Spalding and Upson counties. The district has partnered with a vast array of businesses and organizations to educate the public on soil and water conservation programs as well as encourage individuals to practice healthy soil and water conservation techniques on their privately-owned lands.
Travis Hardy, a Fayette County District Supervisor, was born and raised in the Brooks area of Fayette County, Georgia. Mr. Hardy grew up on a farm and has spent all his life surrounded by agriculture and farming practices. Hardy graduated from Fayette County High School in 1946, and he later attended Mount Berry College and took several courses at the University of Georgia. He organized a bank in Fayetteville, “The First Citizens Bank,” and served as president of the bank until he and his co-investors sold the bank to a larger financial institution. Mr. Hardy has served on the Towaliga Soil & Water Conservation District Board for nearly 30 years and has vast experience in environmental practices as well as tremendous respect for what it provides.
Ricky Minter, a Fayette Co. District Supervisor, has served on the Towaliga SWCD Board of Supervisors for five years. He currently serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Towaliga District.
Thomas Lacey, a Pike Co. District Supervisor, has served on the Towaliga SWCD for nine years.
Matthew Bottoms is a Pike County District Supervisor.
Hugh Cromer, a Monroe County District Supervisor, was born and raised on a farm in the Brent community of Monroe County. His father was a graduate of the College of Agriculture at the University of Georgia and served as the Lamar County Extension Agent in the late 1940s before purchasing the farm Hugh later inherited. Even though Mr. Cromer is a professionally registered pharmacist owning and operating a retail pharmacy for 40 years, he always enjoyed working with his father, primarily in the dairy industry and later in a beef operation. In the early 1970's Hugh’s father became a firm believer in the practice of no-till farming to produce mainly sorghum silage for the dairy as well as wheat for a cash crop. His father taught him to have great respect for the quality and fertility of the soil.
Mr. Cromer is retired from pharmacy and currently operates a 250-head beef cattle operation on the farm. Hugh, like his father, works closely with FSA and Natural Resources Conservation Services participating in their various programs to protect and preserve the soil and water resources on the farm. Hugh is a firm believer that the greatest natural resources of our great nation are the fertile soil and plentiful water. It is with that background and conviction that Mr. Cromer willingly serves as a supervisor of the Towaliga SWCD.
Barry Peters, a Monroe Co. District Supervisor, has served on the Towaliga SWCD Board of Supervisors for 18 years. Mr. Peters also serves a Director on the Monroe County Farm Bureau and is a member of the Monroe Co. Development Authority and the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association.
Sidney Beach, an Upson Co. District Supervisor, has proudly served on the Towaliga SWCD Board for 15 years. Mr. Beach is a United States Navy Veteran and a graduate of Savannah State University in Savannah, Georgia; National University in San Diego, California; and Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. In addition to his service as a Towaliga District Supervisor—and as a District Chairman—Mr. Beach has served on the following Upson County Commission Authorities: Planning & Zoning Commission (including as past Chairman), Water Authority, The City of Thomaston and the town of Yatesville. He also serves on the 2007-2027 Comprehensive Plan for Upson County.
Harold Fallin, a dedicated Upson Co. District Supervisor, has served on the Towaliga District Board of Supervisors for 17 years.
Douglas Cawthon, a Butts Co. District Supervisor, was raised in Butts County. He attended Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College. Douglas grew up raising hay and working with a cow-calf operation on his family farm. Later, he owned, operated and managed around three hundred acres of land which included a cattle production of around one-hundred breeding cows and seventy-eighty acres of hay along with some rental land. He joined the Towaliga Soil and Water Conservation District as a Supervisor in 1989 and continues to be an active member. His appointment was from the sitting committee. During his twenty-nine years of service, he has served as chairman and vice chairman. He received the Towaliga Soil and Water District Recognition for protection of soil and water in the early 1980’s. Mr. Cawthon was a member of the Butts County Farm Bureau for many years serving on the local board, the young farmer board, serving as the chairman of the fifth district for several years.
Tommy Presley, a Butts County District Supervisor, was born and raised in Butts County, Georgia. Mr. Presley is currently treasurer of the Towaliga Soil and Water Conservation District and has served the district for nearly 20 years. He has been committed to public service for years through his leadership, including 18 years of service as the Chairman and Vice chairman of the Butts County Board of Education and membership to Farm Bureau since 1965—some of those years including service on the Board of Directors. Presley is dedicated to dealing with issues concerning soil and water as rural areas continue to urbanize.
Walter Futral, a Spalding Co. District Supervisor, has proudly served on the Towaliga SWCD Board since 1987.
Danny Meadows, a Spalding Co. District Supervisor, has proudly served on the Towaliga District Board for five years. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Towaliga Soil & Water Conservation District.
Wesley Doyle, District Program Assistant
Wesley Doyle was hired to the USDA-NRCS Barnesville Field Office as a District Program Assistant for the Georgia Association of Conservation Districts, in partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Wesley is a recent transplant to Georgia after graduating from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and growing up on a small farm just outside of Lexington, Tennessee. He is looking forward to expanding NRCS outreach and education about conservation practices and the true value of farmers and producers in the United States today.
The district supervisors meet the first Wednesday of every calendar month, excluding July and December, at 11 a.m. in the USDA Barnesville Service Center. To access previous meeting minutes and documents, please click below.