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Koering organic dairy farm recognized for conserving water

ST. MATHIAS TOWNSHIP--An organic dairy farm in St. Mathias Township is the first in Crow Wing County to be recognized for implementing water conservation practices.

Jim Lahn, Agriculture Water Quality Certification Program area specialist (left), Melissa Barrick of the Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District, and Carleen and Leonard Koering celebrate the St. Mathias-based organic dairy farm's certification. Submitted photo
Jim Lahn, Agriculture Water Quality Certification Program area specialist (left), Melissa Barrick of the Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District, and Carleen and Leonard Koering celebrate the St. Mathias-based organic dairy farm's certification. Submitted photo

ST. MATHIAS TOWNSHIP-An organic dairy farm in St. Mathias Township is the first in Crow Wing County to be recognized for implementing water conservation practices.

The Koerings' farm is now certified by the voluntary Agriculture Water Quality Certification Program. Those who implement and maintain approved farm management practices will be certified and in turn obtain regulatory certainty for a period of 10 years.

Leonard and Carleen Koering are committed to protecting water and soil resources, the county reported. For four decades, Leonard Koering served on the Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District Board. Their family operates an organic dairy and organic row crop and forage farming operation in southwest Crow Wing County, just south of St. Mathias. The Koerings' dairy operation includes 70 cows, and the Koerings produce corn grain, corn silage, small grain and alfalfa.

Across the state, more than 550 farming operations are certified as protecting water quality in the 3-year-old program. This includes small farms and large farming operations of corn, soybeans, wheat, potatoes, small grain, hay, pasture, cattle, hogs, dairy cows and more.

The Koerings implemented the following practices for soil and water health: a concrete manure storage facility, fields planted with perennial hay and forage crops for years, utilization of cover crops after the harvest of corn silage, no pesticides and more.

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Producers interested in learning more can contact Jim Lahn at the Perham Conservation Office at 218-457-0250 or the Crow Wing County Soil and Water Conservation District at 218-828-6197.

Related Topics: DAIRYFARMINGST. MATHIASCROW WING COUNTYCROW WING SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICTCROW WING COUNTY BOARD
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