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Jay Fuhrer, former USDA NRCS soil specialist, talk to field day attendee USDA-NRCS South Dakota
SOIL CHAMPION: Jay Fuhrer (right), former soil health specialist with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service — North Dakota, talks about soil health practices with an unidentified attendee at a field day.

South Dakota Soil Health Coalition gives out 2020 awards

Kurt and Kathy Stiefvater received the Legacy Award; Jay Fuhrer received the Friend of Soil Health Award.

The South Dakota Soil Health Coalition recently gave out two awards honoring individuals for their soil health work.

Kurt and Kathy Stiefvater of Salem, S.D., received SDSHC’s 2020 Legacy Award.

The Stiefvaters received the award in recognition of the commitment they have made to practicing soil health management and stewardship on their farm. Kurt and Kathy actively advocate for agriculture and for improving soil health through numerous organizations in their local community and across the state. They have shared their knowledge regarding practices such as no-till, cover crops, livestock integration and much more, greatly impacting those they meet.

Also, the Stiefvaters have hosted SDSHC’s Soil Health School on their farm for the past several years. The school provides participants with the opportunity to experience a working soil health system and learn from the hosts’ soil health journey.

Lon TonnesonKurt Stiefvater, Salem, S.D., displays Legacy Award sign presented by South Dakota Soil Health Coalition

LEGACY AWARD: Kurt Stiefvater, Salem, S.D., poses with the Legacy Award sign presented to him by the South Dakota Soil Health Coalition.

The Legacy Award was created to honor the late Al Miron, a founding board member of SDSHC. Miron, of Crooks, S.D., dedicated his personal and professional life to agriculture and was a dedicated advocate for improving soil health.

Receiving an honorary Legacy Award in Miron’s memory this year was his wife, Joan, and two of their adult children, James and Jennifer.

Friend of Soil Health award

SDSHC also awarded the 2020 Friend of Soil Health award to Jay Fuhrer of Bismarck, N.D. He was selected as this year’s recipient because of the impact he has had in the area of resource conservation and education.

Fuhrer recently retired after many years of service with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service — North Dakota where he mentored countless producers, USDA employees and industry partners. His expertise and leadership has contributed to the success of SDSHC Soil Health School and many other outreach events throughout the region.

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