The Roberts Conservation District is proud to announce Ron and Janeen Kohl as a winner of the 2012 Soil Conservation Award.
President Calvin Thompson with Ron Kohl, 2012 Soil Conservation Winner
Ron and Janeen were one of eight producers nominated by eight Conservation Districts during the spring of 2012.
Ron and Janeen Kohl’s farm operation includes minimum till and has crop rotation in their Norway township location that includes soybeans and corn with sufficient crop residue left to enhance soil stability. Ron and Janeen also actively participate in many conservation practices. Over the last several years, they have planted several tree groves, installed grass waterways, and have approximately 2300 acres of CRP, CSP and WRP. Conservation continues to be a priority in their farming operation
The Roberts Conservation District would like to say Thank You to the NRCS for their involvement in helping to promote conservation in Roberts County. 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.
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.
“Even though agricultural is the number one industry in South Dakota, producers are often overlooked by the general public,” said Walt Bones, Secretary of the South Dakota Department 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.”
Current state residents or groups may nominate any South Dakota farming or ranching operation for the award by submitting a nomination form—(click to download) or pick up a form at any Conservation District office—to the producer’s local Conservation District.
Producers 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 January 1 of each calendar year.