Ohio Farmer

5 Ohio farm families recognized for conservation efforts

The program honors those who are doing an outstanding job of protecting natural resources.

Jennifer Kiel

August 1, 2022

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An aerial drone photo over the fields and dirt road lanes in the fields during the golden light of the morning
AWARDS: Ohio Conservation Farm Family Award winners will be honored for their commitment to conservation and outreach efforts.Nicholas Smith/Getty Images

The Ohio Conservation Farm Family Awards program recognizes farmers who are doing an outstanding job of protecting and conserving soil, water and related natural resources on the land they farm. Once again, five winners have been chosen and will be featured online this week and in the September issue of American Agriculturist.

Winners are the Brown family (Nathan and Jennifer), who are farming 1,200 acres in Hillsboro; Jon Branstrator, who is farming 175 acres in Clarksville; the Settlage family (John and son Jordan), who are farming 500 acres in St. Marys; the Baltes family (Andrew and son A.J.), who are farming 1,000 acres in North Jackson; and the Felumlee family (David and Dawn), who are farming 1,300 acres in Newark.

The award was founded by Ohio Farmer magazine and is now coordinated by the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Division of Soil and Water Conservation, and co-sponsored by Ohio Farmer magazine and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

The program emphasizes the application of technically sound, innovative and cost-effective conservation practices and encourages the sharing of this information with other farmers and the general public.

All five finalists will be recognized as winners of the Ohio Conservation Farm Family Award at a public ceremony Sept. 22 during the Farm Science Review, with a private luncheon for the farm families following. The winners will also receive a $400 check courtesy of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

About the Author(s)

Jennifer Kiel

Editor, Michigan Farmer

While Jennifer is not a farmer and did not grow up on a farm, "I think you'd be hard pressed to find someone with more appreciation for the people who grow our food and fiber, live the lifestyles and practice the morals that bind many farm families," she says.

Before taking over as editor of Michigan Farmer in 2003, she served three years as the manager of communications and development for the American Farmland Trust Central Great Lakes Regional Office in Michigan and as director of communications with Michigan Agri-Business Association. Previously, she was the communications manager at Michigan Farm Bureau's state headquarters. She also lists 10 years of experience at six different daily and weekly Michigan newspapers on her impressive resume.

Jennifer lives in St. Johns with her two daughters, Elizabeth, 19, and Emily 16.

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