Mintons among 49 Hoosier farmers getting ‘River Friendly’ accolade for 2018

Forty-nine Hoosier farmers, including two from Huntington County, have been announced as “River Friendly” for 2018.

James L. Minton and Gary W. Minton received the award, nominated by the Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Annually, each county soil and water conservation district may nominate up to two farmers who do an outstanding job of protecting their rivers, lakes and streams through their everyday conservation management practices on the farm. Watershed organizations also may nominate farmers for the award by submitting an application to a county SWCD.

The River Friendly Farmer (RFF) Program is a collaborative effort of government agencies, agricultural organizations, Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) and farmers. The goal is to improve soil health and water quality and restore and sustain human and wildlife habitat in Indiana’s watersheds.

“We are honored to be able to recognize these 49 farmers at the River Friendly Farmer awards program this year. These farmers join the over 900 recipients of this award as many of us in Indiana continue to work hard and move forward in protecting our natural resources,” said Jamie Scott, IASWCD board president.

This year the farmers/landowners will be honored for their good production management practices at the Indiana State Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 1 p.m. in the 4-H Exhibit Hall. Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, along with Indiana Farm Bureau President Randy Kron, will present the awards.

A complete list of the 2018 River Friendly Farmer Award recipients is located at wordpress.iaswcd.org/river-friendly-farmer-award.