Farmers and landowners are invited to an appreciation dinner next Thursday. The event is being hosted by the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District at 3M Shelter Park at 5:30. During the dinner, retiring commissioner Vernan Boot will receive special recognition during the dinner for his 51 years of service as a commissioner. District conservationist Jeff Matthias says he’d like to see a good turnout to honor Boot for all his years of service. There will also be awards handed out for kids’ posters, scholarships, and conservation farmers and landowners. There will be no charge for the dinner.