The Le Sueur County SWCD board of supervisors chose Oak Farms of rural St. Thomas Community of Derrynane township as their 2016 Outstanding Conservationists.
Each year the Soil and Water Conservation District supervisors take a tour through Le Sueur County and view conservation practices on lands in the area. The board looks for things such as crop rotation, windbreak/tree plantings, CRP, RIM and wetland restorations to name a few. They then recognize an individual or organization who has implemented and improved Minnesota’s natural resources.
The Oak's joined the admirable list of Outstanding Conservationists this year for their accomplishments. Andy Oak farms approximately 2000 acres with his son James and with a helping hand from Andy's father, Jim. The Oak Farm was recognized because of their many conservation practices which include buffers, terraces, grass waterways, crop nutrient management, residue management, tree management, and grade stabilization structures. They also have land in CRP (Conservation Reserve Program).
The Oak’s will be featured at the MN Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (MASWCD) annual convention, with support from The Farmer magazine, held in Bloomington early December.