Floyd Heft

Floyd Heft, of Franklin County, is a distinguished soil and water conservationist. His innovative legislative accomplishments gave national acclaim to Ohio's Soil and Water Conservation Districts. Precedent setting legislation included: state and county authorization to appropriate funds to districts (zero dollars in 1951 to 9.5 million dollars in 1992); revised drainage laws mandating maintenance of improvements; expanded the services districts could render; and produced a nationally recognized first comprehensive agriculture pollution abatement law for Ohio. Heft has been the recipient of many of the highest awards given by national and state organizations. Served as president of the Soil Conservation Society of America, inducted into the Ohio Conservation Hall of Fame and received special citations from both the House and Senate of the Ohio Legislature. ie: "Because of you our state can boast of one of the finest systems of soil and water conservation in America." He pioneered no-till on his farms in Knox County in 1970.