Ohio Farmers Win National Sheep Award

2/9/2013 7:00 AM

DENVER, Colo. — Francis and Shirley Steffee of Steffee Farms, in Dresden, Ohio, received the Environmental Stewardship Award at an awards luncheon on Jan. 25 at the American Sheep Industry Association /National Lamb Feeders Association Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

The Steffees have worked with the Muskingum Soil and Water Conservation District to implement numerous conservation practices on their farm, including spring development, tile drainage, grassed waterways and paddocks for grazing.

They also manage their woodlands and plant grass cover for wildlife. By using the Environmental Quality Incentive Program, or EQIP, the Steffees have been able to divide their pasture into manageable paddocks including spring development and water tank installation.

The farm was named the 2010 Muskingum County Resource Conservation Award winner and also received the Environmental Stewardship Award at the most recent Ohio Livestock Coalition Awards Ceremony.

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