Farmers, Ranchers and All Things Agricultural NRCS CIG MT Photogtapher - John Parker
Farmers and Their Stories:
Pete Berthelsen, Rancher and Conservationist
Peter Berthelsen undertakes pollinator friendly rangeland methods on his farm in the Loess Hills of Howard County, Nebraska. Rangeland management, prairie restoration, wildlife habitat, and pollinator habitat are all part of his arsenal.
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National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) - NAPPC Farmer Rancher Pollinator Conservation Award
NAPPC Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Conservation Award, initiated in 2006, recognizes an individual or family in the farm and ranch community in the U.S. who has contributed significantly to pollinator species protection and conservation on working and wild lands. NAPPC and NACD encourage further pollinator conservation stewardship through their recognition of the award winners. The multi-colored, cut-glass award features a hummingbird, bees and a butterfly and was designed by artist James Randolph, whose previous work includes the Air and Space Museum’s Challenger Tribute.
The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) represents America’s 3,000 conservation districts, which are local units of government established under state law to carry out natural resource management programs at the local level. Districts work with millions of cooperating landowners and operators to help them manage and protect land and water resources on all private lands and many public lands in the United States. More information about NACD is available at http://www.nacdnet.org/.
James Anthony “Tony” Thompson, Willow Lake Farm
Tony Thompson is a tireless and passionate advocate for sustainable agriculture, who is continuously seeking innovative methods to protect and restore native biodiversity on his farm while also earning a living from farming at the lowestcost to the land. The Thompson farm isa model for how productive agriculture can operate in an environmentally sustainable - pollinator friendly - fashion. His openness to the natural resource conservation community provides an opportunity for positive dialogue between producers and conservationists. His leadership, example, compassion for farmer neighbors and friends, and outreach to thebroader agricultural community lend credibility to conservation on private working lands.
Tony is a fifth generation farmer, producing primarily corn and soybeans on fertile land in southwestern Minnesota that has been owned by his family since 1876. The family farm is composed of 2000 acres of cropland and nearly 1400 acres of remnant prairie and wetlands.Wetlands and waterways are buffered with up to 600-ft wide bands of diverse, native grasses and forbs. Tony farms or otherwise manages in partnership an additional 1700 acres of cropland. The Thompson farm is situated in the Northern Tallgrass Prairie Region, where <1% of native habitats remain and restoration indigenous plant and animal communities is a regionaland national priority http://www.fws.gov/midwest/planning/northerntallgrass/.
To learn more about Tony Thompson, his Willow Lake Farm and see more images, click here 2009 Farmer Rancher Winner Tony Thompson
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USDA Montana Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG)
The Pollinator Partnership has been awarded a USDA Montana Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG). The purpose of this project is to assess pollinator friendly plantings on Montana rangelands and farms for their impact on pollinator populating, to measure the success of educational outreach materials, and to increase best practices in Montana.
To learn more, go here http://pollinator.org/montana.cig.htm Videos
Protecting Pollinators ~ Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)