Nominations sought for conservation farm family award

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2012 Conservation Farm Family Awards, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Soil and Water Resources. The awards program through ODNR is co-sponsored by Ohio Farmer Magazine and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

Since 1984, the Conservation Farm Family Award program has recognized Ohio farm families doing an outstanding job of managing natural and human resources in meeting 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, and they 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 the local county soil and water conservation districts or by visiting the division’s website. The forms must be returned by May 1 to Ohio Farmer Magazine, 117 W. Main St., Suite 202, Lancaster, Ohio 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 in conjunction with the state’s land, water, woodland and wildlife resources. The key to maintaining a balance between this industry’s important contribution to Ohio’s economy and the environment is conservation and wise resource management.

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