Iberville Parish, Louisiana
“Being a Certified Master Farmer lets everyone know that you understand the basics of being a good land steward and are utilizing this knowledge on your farming operation. Certified Master Farmers also receive additional points when competing for Environmental Quality Incentives Program financial assistance. ”
- Cecil Ramagos
Getting an Edge in Farming
Iberville Parish Farmer Certified as Master Farmer
Cecil Ramagos, a third generation sugarcane farmer, carries on his family’s farming tradition with help from his daughter, Katie; sons Matt, Andy, and Ben; and wife Sally on their 1,479 acre sugarcane farm in Iberville Parish.
In farming it is important to have an “edge.” Ramagos’ edge is the Master Farmer Program. Cecil Ramagos was certified as a Louisiana Master Farmer in 2011.
To become a Master Farmer, the farmer must complete a Resource Management System (RMS) plan on their operation. Ramagos worked with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Lower Delta Soil and Water Conservation District to develop his RMS plan. His plan addresses crop residue, crop rotation, grade stabilization structures, precision land forming, nutrient and pest management, and field borders.
“The Master Farmer Program allows farmers to understand what they are doing on their farms and makes sure that the right practices are being planned and implemented,” said NRCS District Conservationist, Jerry Hall.
Read More... July 2011 Conservation Update (PDF; 1.6 MB)