Public Invited to CPNRD Conservation Awards Reception

Public Invited to CPNRD Conservation Award Reception

(GRAND ISLAND, NE)- The public is invited to the Central Platte Natural Resources District’s Conservation Awards reception on Thursday, December 22, 2016 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. at Balz Reception Hall, 213 N Sycamore Street in Grand Island, NE.  Award winners will receive a $100 gift card and a sign to display on their land recognizing their accomplishments.  There is no cost and free hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided by Great Western Bank. This year’s award winners are:

CROPLAND: Mark Haskins, Doniphan.  Haskins was selected for implementing buffer strips, center pivots with variable frequency drive (VFD), surge valves, and 100 acres of precision laser controlled land leveling. He uses a controlled traffic ridge till system for soil health by reducing compaction across the field and increasing the amount of crop residue left on the soil surface.  Haskins’ use of telemetry with his flow meters and capacitance probes is beyond most typical installations.  Use of telemetry allows him to know, in real time, the amount of water being pumped, pressures with his systems, and soil moisture conditions so adjustments can be made quickly in response to the conditions.

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP: Ken Seim Family, Chapman.  The Seim family was selected for their willingness to adopt new practices that are beneficial to the protection of the environment and betterment of their crop production procedures. They are true agricultural leaders, hosting several field days to familiarize other producers on new irrigation techniques, moisture sensors, cover crops and SDI.  Tom Schleif, NRCS, said, “Of all the exceptional things the Seim operation has accomplished; Ken’s willingness to help others and his patience and effectiveness as an instructor rank at or near the top of his capabilities.”  The Seim Family’s operation is on the cutting edge and they work to advance new concepts.
Two winners were selected for the Grassland category due to different management techniques:
GRASSLAND: Adam Grabenstein, Farnam. Grabenstein was selected for his proactive approach to removing the encroachment of Eastern Red Cedar trees on his rangeland through prescribed burning; eliminating 95 percent on 670 acres.  He works with the Central Platte Rangeland Alliance on completing other burns in Dawson County and is a volunteer fireman.  Having property adjacent to the highway, Grabenstein advocates and encourages other landowners to use prescribed fire and rotational grazing to improve their own grasslands.

GRASSLAND: Phil & Carlene Waldron; Tom Schroder; and the late Lana Schroder; Waldron’s live in Lincoln and manage property in Buffalo County.  The Waldron-Schroder families were selected for their exceptional prescribed grazing system on 451 acres of rangeland.  They have implemented a livestock well, pipeline and tanks; filter strips on cropland fields to prevent erosion, seeding two fields to native grasses, and introduced plants for pollinator and wildlife habitat.  Beth Hiatt, NRCS, said, “This particular set of grass seedings has been the most successful I have experienced in my 36+ years with the SCS/NRCS.”  The families also provide access to the property for public tours and allow teachers to bring students to the site for educational opportunities.

No RSVP is necessary.  For more information, contact the Central Platte NRD at (308) 385-6282 or email: lee@cpnrd.org.