2012 Conservation Farm Family award winners

Ohio farm families awarded for conservation efforts

Five of Ohio’s top conservation farm families for 2012 were recognized during a ceremony at Farm Science Review in London Sept. 20 for their long-standing dedication to natural resource conservation on their farms.

The annual Conservation Farm Family Award is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Soil and Water Resources, Ohio Farmer magazine and Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF).

Among the families honored were Bret, Beth, Gene and Mary Margraf from Seneca County; Davis and Bette Denman of Trumbull County; Joe Celuch and Brenda Butler of Muskingum County; Gene and Johnita Baumgardner of Madison County and Wayne and Mary McLaughlin of Fairfield County.

Since its inception in 1984, the Conservation Farm Family Award has recognized 151 Ohio farm families for their exemplary efforts of conserving soil, water, woodland and wildlife and other natural resources on their farms.

These farm families also host a variety of educational programs, including opening their farms to groups such as schools, clubs and other organizations.

“The Ohio Conservation Farm Family Award recognizes farm families who have gone the extra mile in protecting the environment while producing the food and fiber crops that are an important part of Ohio’s economy,” said Karl Gebhardt, chief of ODNR’s Division of Soil and Water Resources and coordinator of the program. “The practices farmers use to prevent soil erosion and water pollution benefits all Ohioans and illustrates what individuals can do to conserve natural resources.”

In addition to receiving $400 from the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, the families are also featured in the September issue of Ohio Farmer and receive plaques from Hancor Inc. Nominations for the award may be submitted annually between January and May.


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Callie Wells 

Callie Wells is the director of digital communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.

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