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Brainerd farm is a finalist for state’s 2021 Outstanding Conservationist Award

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

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The Hollister Family Farm, owned and operated by Abe and Brea Hollister in rural Brainerd, is one of eight finalists for the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts’ 2021 Outstanding Conservationist Award.

The Hollister Family Farm was nominated by Crow Wing County Soil and Water Conservation District and represents the North Central area of Minnesota.

The Hollister Family Farm is south of Brainerd near the Nokasippi River. The Hollisters have transformed an 80-year-old highly intensive soybeans and corn farmland into perennial vegetation with 40 paddocks for cattle and sheep to rotate through. These newly formed lush perennial grasses allow Galloway, British White, and Lowline Red Angus cows and sheep to eat healthy forage while providing nutritious, sustainable grown meat to their customers. They raise 60 cows on 120 acres to the direct consumer. The intense rotational management system has increased the farm soil organic matter and improved water percolation. The Hollisters partnered with Natural Resources Conservation Service, Soil and Water Conservation District and Happy Dancing Turtle to provide outreach help to individual farmers in the Pine River Watershed to implement soil health practices.

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

The program is sponsored by Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, with support from The Farmer magazine.

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