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Duschee Hills Dairy receives award at MASWCD convention

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Pat and Chris Troendle with Paul Mohr of The Farmer receiving award. Photo submitted

Pat and Chris Troendle, representing Duschee Hills Dairy LLC, of Lanesboro, attended the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (MASWCD) Annual Convention in Minneapolis on December 4, 2012 to participate in the annual Outstanding Conservationist Luncheon and Award Ceremony. This ceremony recognizes Outstanding Conservationists from around the state that were nominated by their local Soil and Water Conservation Districts. The Troendles operate Duschee Hills Dairy near Lanesboro with Ben and Darla Taylor, who were unable to attend the ceremony. They were selected by the Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) as their 2012 Outstanding Conservationists. The Farmer Magazine supports the awards ceremony with sponsorship from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association. Duschee Hills Dairy LLC was also named an Area winner by the MASWCD and was presented with a plaque recognizing them as the Outstanding Conservationists for the Southeast Area which includes the counties of Houston, Fillmore, Mower, Freeborn, Steele, Dodge, Olmsted, Winona, Rice, Goodhue, and Wabasha.

Duschee Hills Dairy is a fourth-generation farm near Lanesboro. They milk 200 Holstein and Crossbred cows and have 200 young stock. Heifers and dry cows are rotated on 70-80 acres of pasture. They also operate 530 acres of cropland; of which 300 acres has greater than 6 percent slope and nearly 80 acres are in the floodplain. They protect these sensitive areas in their corn-hay rotation with 250 acres of hay in contour strips connected to an extensive network of waterways and buffers. Minimum tillage, cover crops, nutrient management, and integrated pest management ensure that the land will remain productive for future generations. Combined with their commitment to educating the non-ag community about agriculture, they are leaders in the conservation community.

Congratulations to Duschee Hills Dairy!

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