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Danny and Carole Korakas Farm Third-Generation Land

Danny and Carole always had a love for nature and gardening. After leaving the corporate world, Danny moved his family to a quaint town in Eastern Kentucky to continue the legacy as a third-generation farmer. Read more.

Military Veteran Sees Benefit of Wildlife Habitat Improvements

​When Rick Martin visits his property in Hart County, he can hardly believe the increase in wildlife since implementing his first round of wildlife conservation practices five years ago. 

Young Marshall County Woman Loves Working the Land

Jordan Harris, 20, comes from a large farming family in Marshall County and is determined to make growing flowers and vegetables into a profitable career. On her family’s farm, they have row crops, tobacco, beef cattle and produce. She is using EQIP funding from NRCS to help her achieve her dream. Learn more by reading the complete story.

KDFWR Names Landowner of the Year​native grass on rural farm

When Burchel Blevins drives visitors around his farm in rural Knox County, Ky., it is apparent he takes great pride in the land he owns and enjoys highlighting the numerous conservation practices he has implemented to protect and preserve his land. To learn about his conservation efforts, read his story.

Cain Family Farm Wins Grazing Hero Award
Cain Family Farm

A Knox County family of farmers has been recognized for their conservation efforts and awarded the Grazing Hero of the Year award from the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts. The owners and operators of the Cain Family Farm have been working with NRCS since 2006. Read the complete story here.

Louisville Showcases Wildlife Habitat and Conservation in the CityPond in Park

Louisville, Kentucky is the largest city in the state and 30th largest in the U.S.  Look closer though and you will see it is not all city.  USDA-NRCS, partner agencies and community groups are working to ensure that wildlife habitat is enhanced and maintained for all who visit green space in this large metropolitan  area.  Read more about those efforts here.

Shaker Village Continues Conservation Legacy with help from NRCS Shaker House 2

Recognized as the largest National Historic Site in Kentucky, Shaker Village is focusing efforts on re-establishing unproductive land back into native grasses that once dominated Kentucky's landscape. With help from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), those efforts are coming to fruition. Read more about their conservation quest.


Conservation Agencies Come Together to Address Issues in Kentucky’s Green River John Graham, soil health specialist, explains about pore space in soil as landowner looks on.Watershed

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) have common goals when it comes to helping bring about the conservation and wise us of land, water, wildlife, and related resources in the Green River Watershed. Read the full story.

Diamond Family receives award

A Dream of Farming Becomes a Reality for this Kentucky Farm Mom

​It all started with a dream to have a farm of their own where they could raise healthy meat for their family. The Diamond’s worked hard and saved up until they were able to purchase land and begin farming. Emily Diamond now runs the 16 acre farm full time and she loves her work. She was recently awarded the Cooperator of the Year by the Oldham County Conservation District. Read her story.

Chris & Rebekah PierceYoung Farm Family's Award Winning Farming Operation Depends on Healthy Soil

Chris and Rebekah Pierce are no strangers to agriculture in Kentucky. They’re the 2014 winners of the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s ‘Outstanding Young Farm Family’ award and the national ‘American Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and Rancher’s Achievement Award.’  So what makes their operation so successful? It all comes down to what many refer to as the ‘National Soil Health Movement.’ Read their story.

Cover Crop on Wiley Brown's Farm

Discover the Cover: It's not your Grandfather's cover crop

As part of a five-year trial, Wiley and Terrie Brown implemented cover crops on a five-acre soil health research plot on their Knox County farm in 2012. See how their total operation has improved in three years of practicing soil health practices on their farm.   Read the Brown's story.

Drs Sam and Lynn Cofield

Conservation Stewardship Program Helps Rancher Improve Quality and Increase Quantity of Pastures

For cattle farmers, it boils down to daily gains. The quality of the forage is a key factor. One Kentucky farmer and veterinarian understands this fact.  Dr. Sam Cofield from Cadiz, Kentucky has been farming with his wife Lynn (also a veterinarian) for over 30 years.   Read the Cofield's story.


Tom WimpsettRotational Grazing Is Not a One Size Fits All Approach

Tom Wimpsett bought his farm 35 years ago when the land was used for tobacco, hogs, and cattle.  That farm now functions solely as a cattle farm.  The operation has grown and through proper attention, the land has improved making the business sustainable for many years to come.  Read full story.



2014 Success Stories