IN MEMORIAM: PAST NACD PRESIDENT BUD MEKELBURG
Milton “Bud” Ernest Mekelburg, NACD’s president from 1982 to 1984, passed away on September 14 at the age of 82. In the late 1950s, Bud helped build the Yuma Soil Conservation District in Colorado, later taking on leadership roles with the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts, and ultimately NACD. Bud was also the recipient of NACD’s 2007 Distinguished Service Award.
He enjoyed traveling all over the U.S. during his tenure with NACD, meeting farmers to see what methods they were using to conserve soil and water and discovering how he might better serve their needs, as well as their districts’. Bud maintained great interest in his home conservation district throughout his life and particularly enjoyed seeing terraces, windbreaks, and other soil conservation practices installed on neighbors’ fields. He practiced many of the soil conservation ideas on his own farm as well, including terraces, stubble mulch, and wildlife habitat enhancements.
NACD and the whole conservation family sends its condolences to Bud’s family and friends. For information regarding Bud’s memorial service, please visit the Baucke Funeral Home’s website.