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Justin Duell of the G Farm, and Merrie Schamberger, NRCS.

Conservation Activity Plan, EQIP, CSP, Rotational Grazing, Maple Syrup

Beginning, Veteran Farmer Grazes His Way to Success: High Quality Meat and Produce Directly to Your Dinner Table

Justin Duell, a beginning, veteran farmer in Larsen, Wis., set up his rotational grazing operation with the help of NRCS. Justin was able to work with his local NRCS Service Center to utilize silvopasture, agroforestry and shelterbelt practices through EQIP and CSP. He also makes maple syrup, and sells meat and produce direct from the farm to customers. His freezer room is stocked and ready for farm visitors.

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Success from the Field Series

Oneida County: Family Fishing Day Promotes Conservation Education

Family Fishing Fun Day was a huge success in 2016 at Hodag Park Boat Landing in Rhinelander, Wis. Over 250 visitors were in attendance to learn about fishing and conservation. Of these individuals, 150 youth participated in the event.

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Success Story

Success from the Field Series

Monroe County: Sinkhole Treatment - A Groundwater Protection Practice

Amid the scenic backdrop of contour strip-cropped hills outside of Cashton, Wis., the Peterson family operates Mapltwin Farms. This 500 cow, family-operated dairy worked with NRCS through EQIP completing a sinkhole treatment project.

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Success Story

Success from the Field Series

Kewaunee County: For the Uncommon Love of Backyard Bats

Gary Legois of Luxemburg, Wis., is a wildlife and outdoor enthusiast who enjoys his 50 acres of land. He worked with NRCS to improve habitat for bats and other wildlife on his property.

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Jack Herricks and Michelle Komiskey

Conservation Planning, EQIP, CSP, No-Till

Pioneers of No-Till: Farmer Fosters Land Stewardship Ethic

Jack Herricks, a pioneer of no-till farming in Monroe County, Wis., no-tilled before it was popular or regularly accepted. He runs a 600 cow dairy and farms 1,080 acres.

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dodgeville success

Success from the Field Series

Iowa County: Beef Producers Use EQIP and a "Razor" to Improve Pastures

Ken Ruppert and Karin Condon graze 50 cow-calf pairs on 150 acres. With the help of NRCS, they improved pasture production through managed grazing and brush management.

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ellsworth success

Success from the Field Series

Pierce County: A "Honey of a Program"

Jerome Rodewald, an experienced bee keeper, increased pollinator habitat on his property through the EQIP honey bee program. Rewards were sweet with an increase in honey production!

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merrill success

Success from the Field Series

Lincoln County: Early Successional Habitat in Aspen Stands

Jeff Anderson and his wife, Melody, dreamed of increasing habitat opportunities for not only pollinators but also Ruffed Grouse and American Woodcock on their property. NRCS helped them achieve this goal.

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Baraboo  story

Success from the Field Series

Sauk County: RCPP Reduces Erosion in the Baraboo River Watershed

Fourth generation farmers, Joe and Jon Meyer, are brothers who farm 1,200 acres and milk 400 Holstein cows together in the Baraboo River Watershed. They produce a variety of crops using no-till including corn grain, corn silage, soy-beans, alfalfa, red clover, wheat, oats, and cover crops.

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St Croix story

Success from the Field Series

St. Croix County: Students Plant Seeds to Benefit Pollinators

Students from across St. Croix County volunteer to plant seeds to benefit pollinator species during Earth Day, and other pollinator project days (Spring Valley and Willow River).

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Green Bay story

Success from the Field Series

Brown County: Rotational Grazing Affords Easy Profits, Less Work

Tom Krueger, landowner of 155 acres in Denmark, Wis., rotationally grazes on land he grew up on. With the help of NRCS, Tom was able to set up an entire infrastructure of a pasture system, including fencing and watering locations.

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Glacial Lake Cranberries harvest

Conservation Planning, EQIP, CSP, Forest Management

Cranberries at the Heart of Cranmoor: Native Fruit Thrives at Glacial Lake Cranberries

Glacial Lake Cranberries, located in Cranmoor, Wis., was established in 1873 by the Arpin family. the property was originally purchased for a lumber business, but the owners found wild cranberries growing and decided to raise them instead.

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Success in the Field

Success from the Field Series

Rock County: Volunteer Efforts Restore Habitat for Rare Species

The Green-Rock Audubon Society restores, preserves, and protects the environment. Through a partnership with NRCS, they are making concerted efforts to restore natural communities present on the land they manage.

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Success in the Field

Success from the Field Series

Green County: Waste Separation and Soil Health Benefits

The Truttmann family has been dairy farming since 1899. They've recently upgraded their waste handling processes with a waste separation system and are actively working to improve their farm's soil health.

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Success in the Field

Success from the Field Series

Clark County: No-Till Dairy Farming

The Black River Ranch bought a no-till corn planter in 1993 and since then, have been no-tilling every crop on their 380 acre dairy farm. They are also experimenting with different cover crops.

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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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