Local man presented River Friendly Farmer Award

Provided photoThe following photo is of Ed Smith’s award winning farm in Decatur County. There is an unfarmed filter strip between the crop areas and nearby streams.

GREENSBURG — Local farmer Ed Smith has received the 2018 Indiana River Friendly Farmer Award.

According to the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the River Friendly Farmer Program is a collaborative effort of government agencies, agricultural organizations, Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts and farmers.

The award has been given out since 1999 to farmers who do an “exemplary” job of protecting rivers, lakes and streams through their daily conservation management practices.

There were 49 farmers and landowners honored for 2018, and Smith was one of them.

“I have a passion and am interested in preserving nature,” Smith said.

Smith added the award was “kind of a surprise” and that he appreciates being nominated and receiving the recognition. He gave a brief overview of how he helps preserve his land and how to be “river friendly.”

“I take a walk outside daily and see where the water is running off the fields,” he said. “I also check for possible pollution and things like that.”

The Decatur County Soil & Water Conservation District nominated Smith for the award. Their Natural Resource Technician, Scott Sanders, spoke about the process of making Smith their nominee and how well he works when it comes to conservation.

“Ed has been a very proactive farmer when it comes to filter strips and maintaining them,” Sanders said. “Ed does a good job. We’re very proud.”

The 49 farmers/landowners involved will be honored for their good production management practices Aug. 15 at the Indiana State Fair in the 4-H Exhibit Hall. Additionally, the Decatur County Soil & Water Conservation District will be awarding Smith a sign for his farm deeming him “river friendly” at their annual meeting in February 2019.

“I want to thank the Decatur County Soil & Water Conservation District for recommending me,” Smith said.

Those at the state level also took the time to congratulate the river friendly farmers across the Hoosier State.

“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, Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation District Board President.

Smith follows in the footsteps of the Carl Moorman family, who received the 2017 River Friendly Farmer Award for Decatur County.

Contact: Joshua Heath, 812-663-3111 x7401; joshua.heath@greensburgdailynews.com

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