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Conservation for the Future Series 2022

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Pollinator field border provides habitat and food source for pollinator insects. Deakin Farms, Pondera County, MT.

The stories below highlight several Montana landowners' experiences in working with NRCS.

Improving Soil Health through Compost, Hill County, MT

Farmers Shawn Preputin, Larry Johnson and Alec McIntosh have been experimenting with composting in an effort to find new and better ways to feed their crops near Havre, Montana. Working with agencies such as NRCS has allowed the farmers to work, experiment, and learn together while sharing the rewards of their innovations with others.

Nurturing Neighbors at Living Root Farm, Big Horn County, MT

It's clear that the Van Order family follows a different path than the one so many others have before them in Big Horn County. From lush vegetables lining high tunnels, Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) boxes ready for pickup from neighbors, and community workshops, Living Root Farm provides an opportunity for the local community "to come out to see and taste and appreciate local-grown food."

Sustainable Grazing on the Barthelmess Ranch, Phillips County, MT

The Barthelmess Ranch near Malta, Montana offers a beautiful landscape of sagebrush and hardy native grasses. NRCS Montana has assisted the ranch through technical assistance, educational opportunities, and the formation of partnerships with other organizations in order to create a sustainable grazing model that will help ensure the beautiful landscape remains for years to come.