Out of 58,000 farms in the state of Indiana, one farm in Marshall County received the statewide award of River-Friendly Farmer at the Indiana State Fair on Farmers’ Day August 17.
Tim and Stacha Gochenour were among 54 farmers who received the River-Friendly Farmer award from the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (IASWCD) for the work they do on their land to protect Indiana’s natural resources.
The Marshall County Soil and Water Conservation District nominated the Gochenours for the award based upon their farm management practices that protect Indiana’s rivers, lakes, and streams.
Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director, Ted McKinney, and President of Indiana Farm Bureau, Randy Kron, along with State Conservationist, Jane Hardisty, and IASWCD President, Mike Starkey, and Meghan Grebner from Brownfield Ag News presented the awards to the winning farmers.
The River-Friendly Farmer Award has been presented by the IASWCD and sponsored by the ninety-two local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc. since 2000. This year’s group of award winners brings the total number of River-Friendly Farmers in Indiana since the awards beginning to 863.