John Kraft

Watershed: Middle Ohio-Laughery

Conservation Practices:

  • Buffer Strips
  • Waterways
  • Cover Crops
  • Soil Nutrient Testing
  • No-Till

Other Enhancements:

  • Tree Cover

Water Quality Improvement Summary:


John Kraft plants cover crops and utilizes no-till to keep soil in his fields and out of the water. Soil is tested on a three-year rotation to monitor nutrient levels.

He also participates in Farm Service Agency Conservation Reserve Programs that align with his desire to maintain habitat diversity and support wildlife such as wild game and songbirds. Warm season grass buffers have been added along field edges for water quality and approximately 4,000 trees were planted to increase wildlife habitat.

“It’s important because it’s the right thing to do,” said John. “Agriculture tends to get more blame than we should. We’re trying to do better. We need clean water, and we need to do our part.”