Tuesday, March 19, 2013

ODNR Seeks Nominations of Farm Families who Excel in Conservation

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will acknowledge Ohio farm families who are
leaders in the areas of conservation for the 2013 Conservation Farm Family Awards. The awards
program is sponsored by the ODNR Division of Soil and Water Resources, Ohio Farmer Magazine
and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

The Conservation Farm Family Award program has recognized Ohio farm families since 1984 for
their efforts in managing natural and human resources while 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. The 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 selected from across the state, and these finalists will be recognized at the
annual Farm Science Review in September. They will also receive a $400 award, courtesy of the
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, and be featured in the September issue of Ohio Farmer Magazine.
Nomination forms can be obtained from 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.

Food and agriculture are Ohio’s largest industries and the largest land use in the state. More than 60
percent of Ohio's land is used for crop production and pasture. Farming has a large impact on the
state's land, water, woodland and wildlife resources. It is important to maintain a balance between
agriculture’s important contribution to Ohio’s economy and the environment through conservation and
wise resource management.

For more information, contact:
Blaine Gerdes, ODNR Soil and Water Resources  614-265-6938
Matt Eiselstein, ODNR Office of Communications  614-265-6860

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