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Wenstroms Chosen 2020 Red River Valley Farm Leaders

Wenstroms Chosen 2020 Red River Valley Farm Leaders

February 02, 2020 by Aaron Larsen

Rod and Sandy Wenstrom of rural Fergus Falls have been selected as the 2020 Red River Valley Outstanding Farm Leaders. 

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Koep Farms Achieve Water Quality Certification

Koep Farms Achieve Water Quality Certification

January 16, 2020 by Aaron Larsen

Mike Koep and his son, Kevin, practice conservation on their farmland, and they know the importance of protecting our water and soil.  Because of their conservation decisions, the Koep farms near Urbank are now Water Quality Certified in the Minnesota Ag Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP).  The Koep farming operation joins over 800 Water Quality Certified farming operations in Minnesota’s unique, 5-year old program that recognizes farmers’ efforts to protect the state’s water quality.

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2019 Conservationist of the Year

2019 Conservationist of the Year

January 05, 2020 by Aaron Larsen

Each year, the West Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) recognizes individuals or organizations for outstanding accomplishments in implementing conservation practices that improve and protect Otter Tail County’s natural resources. The 2019’s Outstanding Conservationist is Adam and Ashley Fronning of Underwood.

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Lida Farm Recognized as an Agriculture Water Quality Certified Farm

Lida Farm Recognized as an Agriculture Water Quality Certified Farm

June 24, 2019 by Aaron Larsen

Ryan Pesch, Pelican Rapids, was recently recognized by the West Otter Tail Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the MN Department of Agriculture for meeting the standards of Minnesota’s Agriculture Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP).  The certification represents an acknowledgement of the outstanding attention to water quality related management that Ryan is doing in his vegetable production operation.

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Easement Site Preserves Family Legacy, Restores Habitat

Easement Site Preserves Family Legacy, Restores Habitat

November 01, 2018 by Aaron Larsen

Developers envisioned houses on Paul Brutlag’s lake-view property in Otter Tail County. But Brutlag chose instead to place 129 acres of his Eagle Lake Township farm into a perpetual easement through a state and federal partnership. Seven years later and six years after seeding, yellow, lavender and pink wildflowers bloom among native grasses in the restored wetland and prairie.

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