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Family's conservation efforts are honored

WILLMAR -- Scott Johnson of rural Kandiyohi and his children Sven and Mariah were recognized as outstanding conservationists at the annual meeting of the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts held Dec. 6-8 in Duluth.

The Kandiyohi SWCD selected Johnson for the award.

Each year, the state's SWCDs recognize individuals or organizations for outstanding accomplishments in implementing conservation practices and improving Minnesota's natural resources. The award program is conducted with support from The Farmer magazine.

The Kandiyohi SWCD selected Johnson for a number of conservation practices he has implemented, according to Rick Reimer of the county office.

He has established several field windbreaks and a farmstead windbreak, restored several acres of wetlands and native prairie grasses. He has enrolled some of his more sensitive land into several conservation programs.

He has also installed an agriculture waste handling system. It allows a more timely application and management of the dairy operations animal waste and for crop production.

For more information on the program or any other conservation programs contact the Soil and Water Conservation District at 320-235-3906