Nominations are now being accepted for the 2011 Conservation Farm Family Awards, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Soil and Water Resources. The awards program is co-sponsored by Ohio Farmer Magazine and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.
Since 1984, the Conservation Farmer Awards Program has recognized Ohio farm families who are doing an outstanding job of managing natural and human resources in such a way as to meet both production and conservation goals.
Individual farmers, partnerships or family farm corporations are eligible for nomination, provided a substantial portion of their income is derived from farming. Judging is based on the nominee’s use of new and traditional conservation techniques; comprehensive management; individual initiative in applying conservation measures; and the nominee’s willingness to share conservation information, experiences and philosophy with others.
Five area finalists will be chosen from around the state. These top conservation farm families will be recognized at the annual Farm Science Review in September. They will also receive a $400 check courtesy of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and be featured in the September issue of Ohio Farmer Magazine.
Nomination forms can be obtained from your local county soil and water conservation districts or by visiting the division’s Web site. They must be returned by May 1 to Ohio Farmer Magazine, 117 W. Main St., Suite 202, Lancaster, OH 43130.
Agriculture is Ohio’s largest industry and the largest land use in the state. Nearly 60 percent of Ohio’s land is used for crop production and pasture. Not surprisingly, farming has a big impact on the state’s land, water, woodland and wildlife resources. The key to maintaining a balance between this important industry’s contribution to Ohio’s economy and the environment is conservation and wise resource management.
Source: Ohio Department of Natural Resources