Photos by Jennifer Kiel
Chris Kurt says it’s too soon to know if his sons Caleb (left) and Cohen will want to go into farming on the family’s operation in Hardin County, Ohio, but he hopes it will be on their radar in the future.
The Kurt family is being honored as a 2019 Ohio Conservation Farm Family of the Year. Pictured from left Chris Kurt’s sons Caleb (from left) and Cohen; and Chris and Robert Kurt. Not pictured is Chris’ oldest son, Ivan.
Chris Kurt likes to host visitors to his farm, where they can see conservation farming practices firsthand.
Chris Kurt seeds soybeans in rye.
Filter strips provide a barrier to keep nutrients from leaching into waterways.
Chris Kurt takes the lid off a drainage-control structure. These structures stop water from draining off the field when necessary.
Here’s what the inside of a drainage-control structure looks like.
Signage on the Kurt Farm explains conservation efforts in the Upper Blanchard Watershed.
The Kurt Farm was chosen to be part of a three-farm Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network, which was formed through a partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Ohio Farm Bureau in 2015.