Cass County Soil Conservation District Achievement Winner
The North Dakota Soil Conservation Achievement Awards Program has been recognizing individuals who have made outstanding efforts to conserve valuable natural resources on their land since 1948. It is a statewide program with each of the 56 Soil Conservation Districts participating and the only program of its kind in the nation. Each year the district selects an individual or family who has demonstrated his/their ability to apply conservation practices to the land they own. Once selected, they receive a large 17″ X 24″ colored aerial photograph of their farm and a trip to the annual meeting where they are honored for their accomplishments.
The Cass County Soil Conservation District is proud to recognize Morken Farm, Amenia, as our 2020 Achievement Winner. Harvey and Mary have been farming around Amenia for many years and are transitioning their farming operation over to Joe and his wife Robin. The Morken’s have been working with NRCS since 2011 where they have utilized EQIP and CSP which have helped their journey towards a more sustainable and efficient operation. Recently they have been working to reduce tillage and try some new planting widths in order to facilitate establishment of cover crops in a corn/ soybean rotation. They are also putting numbers to the no-till and keeping excellent records of cost for conventional operations and the new conservation measures. So far, they are showing that conservation is not only good for the bottom line, but also good for the land. Congratulations to the Morkens!