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The Meyer family at their farm near Caledonia.

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The Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts has named the Meyer Family of Caledonia as one of eight state finalists in the 2017 Outstanding Conservationist Award Program.

Brothers Gordon (wife Barb) and Lee along with Lee’s sons, Justin (wife Kelly) and Jordan (wife Rochelle) will be recognized at a Dec. 5 luncheon at the district’s 81st annual convention in Bloomington as the Area 7 winners.

The awards program recognizes farm families, individuals, conservation organizations, and other groups for their accomplishments in implementing conservation practices and improving Minnesota’s natural resources.

The State’s Outstanding Conservationist of the Year will be announced from the group of eight finalists at the Dec. 5 luncheon.

“We’re proud of the Meyers for what they’ve done in conserving the natural resources in our area,” said Glenn Kruse, supervisor of the Root River Soil and Water Conservation District, which nominated the Meyers for the award. “It’s great to be able to recognize the work they’ve done locally, in the name of conservation,” he said.

Bob Scanlan, Assistant Manager of the Root River SWCD added, “The award is recognition for the on-going efforts the Meyers have dedicated over the generations in the name of conservation.”

The Meyers are the third and fourth generation to have owned and operated their farm in rural Caledonia since 1937. Over the years they have installed numerous conservation practices including water and sediment control basins and structures, several waterways, and practice contour farming with no-till, minimum till, and cover crop systems.

They operate a 150 cow dairy and utilize rotational grazing for their heifers on the more challenging areas of the farm. They have also converted some of their tillable acreage to organic production. In addition, the Meyers are also active in their community having served on township and church boards.

The Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts sponsors the Outstanding Conservationist Award Program with support from The Farmer magazine.

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