Board Elections and Appointments

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Board Candidate - Jake Smith

"I am running for the office of elected supervisor of the Palouse Conservation District because I believe I have some fresh and innovative ideas to bring to the table. I have been involved in agriculture my whole life. I grew up on a cattle ranch in Montana before attending the University of Idaho where I met my wife, Jessica. Here on the Palouse, I helped out on her family’s conventional grain farm throughout those years. Over the following years our focus shifted from raising and growing food using the conventional methods we learned growing up after we started experiencing food allergies and sickness in ourselves and our four kids from the foods we were consuming. This led us down a path of re-evaluation from the ground up of the foods we were growing, buying, and eating. Ultimately, we chose to start fresh with our own farm, Blackridge Farms, where we focus on using regenerative techniques that have worked for thousands of years that honor the soil, the earth, our animals, and work in tandem with nature’s timelines. Our farm is 100% chemical free. Instead, our techniques take advantage of the innate abilities of each plant and animal species to complement each other."

A mail-in election for a board seat on the Palouse Conservation District will be held on September 13, 2021 at 1615 NE Eastgate, Suite H Pullman, WA 99163.


Registered voters who reside within the Palouse Conservation District

boundary are eligible to vote. Find out which District you live in here.


Ballot requests are now closed.

Requested ballots were mailed August 24, 2021.

Please return completed ballots postmarked by September 13, 2021.


Please contact the District office at (509) 332-4101, option 9 for questions.

Board & Supervisors

Sheryl Hagen-Zakarison
Claims Agent

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Position Open Pending Election

Larry Cochran

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Chris Heitstuman
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Mary Collins