Five Ohio farm families, each members of Ohio Farm Bureau, were recently recognized with the Ohio Conservation Farm Family Award.
“As a group, Ohio farmers tend to be modest and rarely self-promoting. This is a great opportunity to honor their efforts and hard work,” said OFBF Senior Director of Program Innovation and Environmental Policy Larry Antosch. Winners received $400 each from OFBF, were featured in the September issue of Ohio Farmer and received plaques from Hancor Inc. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Soil and Water Resources also sponsors the award.
2010 winners include:
- John Buck grows soybeans, corn and wheat in Marion County. Conservation techniques include no-till, buffer strips, grassed waterways, crop rotation and developing a 36-acre wetland.
- Eugene and Dean Welch raise corn, soybeans, wheat, dairy cows and steers in Ashland County, using conservation techniques including grassed waterways, heavy use pads, woodland exclusion, filter strips, crop rotation and a managed woodlot.
- Stanley and Rick Moore raise alfalfa, cattle and sheep in Harrison County. Conservation practices include crop rotation, contour strips, grassed waterways, fencing to prevent livestock from entering steams and a manure nutrient management plan.
- Larry, Richard and Sam Kinney grow corn and soybeans in Logan County using conservation techniques including no-till, grassed waterways, filter strips and participation in the Conservation Security Program. Fertilizers are applied using a precise soil zone system. A wetland has also been developed on the farm.
- Martha Gerber Rittinger farms corn, soybeans and wheat in Ross County, using no-till, cover crops when needed, crop rotation, grassed waterways and both grass and forested filter strips. The Rittingers have also hosted several women’s groups from developed and underdeveloped countries to demonstrate their farming and conservation techniques.