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Local Conservationist Receives National Award


April 28, 2010

For More Information:
Tasha Gibby, Public Affairs Specialist, 701-530-2072

BISMARCK �A local USDA employee has been recognized for the valuable contributions he has made to the American public.

Jay Fuhrer is a district conservationist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Burleigh County. The Organization of Professional Employees of the USDA will present the Unsung Hero awards in Washington, D.C., during Public Service Recognition Week on May 4, 2010.

Fuhrer would be the first to tell you that the success driving the soil health message in Burleigh County has been because of a solid team effort. Fuhrer works closely with NRCS colleagues, the Burleigh County Soil Conservation District, Northern Great Plains Research Center, and the Dakota Lakes Research Farm. This partnership helps agricultural producers to develop conservation systems on their farms that move them toward sustainability. No-till cover crop demonstration plots have been established and producers are adopting no-till cropping systems with diverse crop rotations and cover crops to build soil quality. These producers have gone on to present their experiences to help educate more farmers and ranchers in Burleigh County, North Dakota, numerous other states in the U.S., and even Canada, Russia, and France.

The Unsung Hero award recognizes USDA employees who demonstrate dedication and a positive attitude in providing services to the public in support of the USDA mission.

In the nomination submitted by a coworker, Fuhrer� tireless devotion to teaching and demonstrating soil quality to agricultural producers through demonstrations, tours, workshops, and presentations made him stand out to the selection committee.

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