Dan and Kris Nigg winner of the 2015 Soil Conservation Award
Dan and Kris Nigg - Sisseton SD
Dan and Kris Niggs’ operation, which is spread out over 15 miles in Roberts County, includes mostly no-till acres. On other acres, Dan tries to manage the crop residue to optimize profitability of his crops. Dan has been one of the leaders of the county in attempting new cover crops each year to improve soil health on his acres. He seeds these cover crops after the small grain harvest using an air seed. He realizes the benifts and tries to add to his mixes each season to add diversity to his farm. Over the past several years, Dan and Kris have planted several tree groves, installed grass waterways, and have approximately 2250 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 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. The Program was implemented by the State Conservation Commission.
Dan was one of four producers nominated by eight Conservation Districts in the spring of 2015. Each award winner will recieve 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 — 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.