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Successes in Oshkosh, Wis.

Success from the Field Series

Winnebago County: Farmers See Benefit of No-Till
and Cover Crops

Albright Brothers and Sons, LLC has been farming in Omro, Wis., since 1948. Several years ago, brothers, James and David, passed the farm onto their two sons, Jamie and Casey.

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high tunnels and hoop houses

Success from the Field Series

Ashland County: High Tunnels Take Hold in Northern Wisconsin

High tunnels are simple greenhouse structures typically un-heated and used primarily to improve the quality and quantity of summer vegetable production while extending the growing season in the spring and fall.

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Joe and Ron in a heifer facility.

Conservation Planning, EQIP, Cover Crops, Contour Strips

Majestic Views on a Contour Farm: Dairy Farmer Promotes Sustainability

Ron Abing and his wife, Terri, started farming in 1983 as part of a 50/50 partnership with John Haskins, a family friend. The farm is now known as Majestic View Dairies, LLC., located in Lancaster, Wis.

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Success from the Field Series

Vilas County: A Place of Solitude

The Epperson property includes 200 acres of forestland surrounding 120‐acre Erickson Lake in Arbor Vitae.

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Medford wis.

Success from the Field Series

Taylor County: Planning is Key to Grazier's Success

The Bolstad family utilizes managed grazing for feeding
approximately 80 dairy cattle throughout the growing
season along with a herd of replacement heifers.

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Tim Servais

EQIP, CSP, Organic Dairy Farm, Contouring

Conservation in Focus: Organic Dairy Farm Involves Entire Family

Tim Servais, of Hamburg Hills, is a second generation farmer. His father bought the Vernon County farm in the early 1970’s and started with 23 cows.

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Red Cedar Demo Farm

Demonstration Farm, Education, Cover Crops

Partners in Conservation: Red Cedar Demo Farm Offers Hands-On Education

The Red Cedar Demonstration Farm, in Menomonie, Wis.,
is a 155 acre, three parcel farm, leased by partners to educate and demonstrate conservation of natural resources.

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D. Birmingham Success Story

EQIP, CSP, Organic Orchard, Pollinators

Depending on the Wilds to Pollinate: Organic Orchard Grower Makes Conservation Impact

After a hard day’s work out in the orchard, there’s nothing like enjoying a glass of cider from the apple trees you hand grafted yourself. Deirdre Birmingham can do just this; she operates an organic hard cider orchard full time and is also an avid educator.

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Nate Bell success story

EQIP, CSP, Streambank Restoration, Cover Crops

Restoring the Little Lemonweir: Farmer Revitalizes Stream Habitat

Nate Bell, of Juneau County, Wis., is a third generation crop farmer who's been riding in a combine since he was three years old. Bell's grandpa bought the farm in the 1940s, and Nate always wanted to continue the family tradition.

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honey bees

EQIP, Honey Bee Pollinator Effort

Sweet Success: Beekeepers Restore Pollinator Habitat

Tim McDonald, of Blue River, Wisconsin, has been a bee keeper for the past 25 years. He recently restored 48 acres of his property to include natural habitat for bees through the NRCS-EQIP.

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Success Story

EQIP, CSP, Beginning Farmer

Sustainability at its Best: Beginning Farmer Revitalizes Former Mining Land

Dan Shelliam, of Lafayette County, Wisconsin, grew up on a farm and started milking cows when he was 15. In 2000, he started farming full time and subsequently signed up for the NRCS Beginning Farmer Program.

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Lac du Flambeau

EQIP, CSP, Tribal Partnership

State-of-the-Art Aquaculture Site Built for Walleye Rearing: Lac du Flambeau Tribe Raises and Restocks Fish

The Lac du Flambeau Tribe has inhabited the Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin, area since 1745. The Tribe acquired the name from its gathering practice of harvesting fish at night by torchlight.

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Ka Hmong Cooperative Agreement

EQIP Cooperative Agreement

Hmong Community Gardens in Harmony with the Land

A collaboration with the Eau Claire Area Hmong Assistance Association in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, sparked a
successful community garden project through a cooperative agreement with the NRCS.

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Woodland Dunes

EQIP, Honey Bee Pollinator Effort, CSP, CRP

Preserving Woodland Dunes Habitat: Small Non-Profit Proves Huge Impact in Community

Woodland Dunes Nature Center and Preserve, located between Manitowoc and Two Rivers, Wisconsin, was founded in 1974 by local people who wanted to preserve forested wetlands for wildlife, especially songbirds.

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Reed Fitton

EQIP- Grazing and the Honey Bee Pollinator Effort

The Living Land Remembers, Treat it with Care: Beginning Farmer Revives Legendary Land

Reed Fitton, of Gays Mills, Wisconsin, is a beginning farmer who has the opportunity to rent and farm a legendary piece of property known as the Ben Logan Farm. Reed strives to work the land by adhering to Logan’s principles in the 1975 book, The Land Remembers.

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Nettekoven family on their farm

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Hard Work Pays Off: Nettekoven Farm Produces Healthy, Nutrient-Rich Food, While Preserving Land for Future Generations

Some people are born to farm. Others grow to love it. Greg Nettekoven was born into a farm family; and he and his wife, Karon, have grown to love farming. Greg is a second generation farmer who grew up working on his family's 760 acres of tillable land.

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Read more Wisconsin Conservation Success Stories from previous years.