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Mathison family to be honored as area finalist at State Soil and Water Conservation District Convention

Fri, Oct 7th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

The Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (MASWCD) has named Larry and Irene Mathison and Loren and Carrie Mathison as one of eight Area Finalists in the 2011 Outstanding Conservationist Award Program. The Mathisons will be recognized at a Dec. 6 luncheon at MASWCD's 75th annual convention in Bloomington. The awards program recognizes farm families, individuals, conservation organizations, and other groups for their accomplishments in implementing conservation practices and improving Minnesota's natural resources.

Of the eight finalists, one will be announced as the State's Outstanding Conservationist of the Year at the Dec. 6 luncheon.

"We're proud of Mathisons for what they've done in conserving our natural resources in our area," said Leonard Leutink Jr., supervisor of the Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District, which nominated the Mathisons for the award. "It's great to be able to recognize the work they've done locally. They've provided a wonderful example for us by installing almost 42,000 feet of grassed waterways, maintaining hay and oats in their crop rotation, and managing their pastureland and feedlots to maximize the profitability of their livestock operation while protecting the environment," he said.

MASWCD, with support from The Farmer magazine, sponsors the Outstanding Conservationist Award Program.

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