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From left: Ted Kopas, Westmoreland County Commissioner and Westmoreland Conservation District board member, joins the 2018 Conservation Farmer of the Year recipients Gregory Forejt Jr. and his mother, Lesley Forejt, representing the Forejt family, and Greg Phillips, Westmoreland Conservation District manager/CEO.
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(from left), Westmoreland Conservation District board chairman, Ron Rohall and wife, Theresa Gay Rohall, pose for a photo during the Westmoreland Conservation District awards reception, held at the J. Roy Houston Conservation Center in Hempfield Township on Wednesday evening, September 12, 2018.
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(from left), Westmoreland Conservation District board member, Kim Miller, joins Malcolm Sias, the J.Roy Houston Conservation Partnership award recipient, and his wife, Patti, during the Westmoreland Conservation District awards reception, held at the J. Roy Houston Conservation Center in Hempfield Township on Wednesday evening, September 12, 2018.
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(from left), Ted Kopas, Westmoreland County Commissioner and Westmoreland Conservation District board member, joins the 2018 Conservation Farmer of the Year recipients Gregory Forejt, Jr. and his mother, Lesley Forejt, representing the Forejt family, and Greg Phillips, Westmoreland Conservation District manager/CEO, for a photo during the Westmoreland Conservation District awards reception, held at the J. Roy Houston Conservation Center in Hempfield Township on Wednesday evening, September 12, 2018.
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Westmoreland Conservation District board member, Fred Slezak, (center, back), joins the family members of the late Albert Barnett, Hall of Honor inductee, (from left), Debbie Barnett, Helen Barnett and Dennis Barnett, during the Westmoreland Conservation District awards reception, held at the J. Roy Houston Conservation Center in Hempfield Township on Wednesday evening, September 12, 2018.
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(from left), Eileen and Wayne Baughman join Donna and Bill Doney, all former Farmer of the Year recipients, for a photo during the Westmoreland Conservation District awards reception, held at the J. Roy Houston Conservation Center in Hempfield Township on Wednesday evening, September 12, 2018.
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The 2018 Conservation Farmer of the Year recipients, (from right), Gregory Forejt, Jr. and his mother, Lesley Forejt, representing the Forejt family, admire their award during the Westmoreland Conservation District awards reception, held at the J. Roy Houston Conservation Center in Hempfield Township on Wednesday evening, September 12, 2018.

Westmoreland Conservation District held an open house-style reception Sept. 12 for its annual awards.

• Conservation Farmer of the Year to the Forejt family of Ruffsdale, including Lesley Forejt and sons Gregory and Garrett , who employ various environmentally friendly practices while raising produce, poultry, beef and pork at their Windy Heights operation.

J. Roy Houston Conservation Partnership Award to Malcolm Sias , Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation director.

Hall of Honor induction to the late Al Barnett , who served the district as a volunteer and board member. He is survived by his wife, Helen Barnett , two children, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter @shirley_trib.

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