2013 Soil Conservation Award program winners announced
September 03. 2013 11:37AM
PIERRE, S.D. – Four agricultural operations were nominated to receive the 2013 Soil Conservation Award by their local conservation district. The winners include: Jeffrey and Barb Clark of Marshall County; Kevin Myers of Moody County; David Hansen of Roberts County; and the Holmes Ranch of Ziebach County.
Each award winner will receive a certificate and recognition sign, which the recipient may install on the property for which their conservation efforts are being recognized.
The Soil Conservation Award Program was created by the South Dakota Legislature in 2008 to recognize exceptional farming and ranching practices that conserve soil and other natural resources in South Dakota.
Current state residents or groups may nominate any South Dakota farming or ranching operation for the award by submitting a nomination form—available at any Conservation District office—to the producer’s local Conservation District.
Agricultural operations utilizing grassed waterways, terraces, crop rotations, sufficient crop residue to protect soil stability, no-till, grasslands managed for sustainable productivity, livestock management to limit soil and nutrient runoff or forest lands managed according to a forest stewardship plan to conserve soil are eligible for the award.
Nominations must be received by the Conservation District by no later than Jan. 1 of each calendar year.
“Even though agriculture is the number one industry in South Dakota, the land stewardship ethic of producers is often overlooked by the general public,” said Lucas Lentsch, South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture. “This award highlights their dedication to natural resource conservation and demonstrates that South Dakota producers are leaders when it comes to sustainable agricultural production.”
Agriculture is South Dakota's No. 1 industry, generating over $21 billion in annual economic activity and employing more than 122,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at http://sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SDAgDept and Twitter @SDAgriculture.