Nancy Kavazanjian is a whirlwind of activity. Here Kavazanjian explains to Craig Ficenec of Sand County Foundation how she and her husband Charlie Hammer are restoring marginal land on their 2,000-acre farm near Beaver Dam, Wis., to pollinator habitat. “Farmers can get a great return on marginal crop lands by enrolling these acres in conservation programs,” Kavazanjian says. “Monarchs need small patches of habitat in as many places as possible rather than a few large ones. This approach can bring monarch populations back and benefit the land and the farmer. Every little bit helps.”
Kavazanjian won the National Conservation Legacy Award during the annual American Soybean Association Awards Banquet at Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas, in March of 2020.
Kavazanjian served on the United Soybean Board of Directors from 2012-2018. She served as chairperson of the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance and is past communications director for the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association She also served a term on the Agricultural Advisory Board of the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank from 1989-90. Kavazanjian also worked with the CommonGround initiative in Wisconsin and organizes the annual Wisconsin Corn/Soy Expo.
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