Ohio Master Farmers serve as conservation leaders

Two Ohio growers have been honored as Master Farmers for their conservation and community efforts. 

Third-generation farmer Tim Norris of Gambier raises about 800 acres of corn, wheat, soybeans, and sunflowers and custom farms. After four bad years in the ‘80s, Norris stepped off the farm and rebuilt his way back after a career starting two ag tech businesses. 

“I learned a lot of things to do from my parents, and I learned one thing not to do from my dad and that was to not make the farm the only thing in your life,” he says.

Sixth-generation farmer Duane Stateler raises corn, soybeans, wheat, and hogs on about 1,100 acres in McComb. He tells Brownfield no-tilling for 40 years has helped reduce erosion.

“We were losing a lot of good topsoil,” he shares. “You can’t buy a new area to farm because it’s just not available—so we’ve got to do everything we can to protect it.”

The winners were nominated by their peers and selected based on management, innovation, conservation, leadership, and community involvement. 

The awards are presented by the Ohio Farmer Magazine and sponsored by Brownfield Ag News and the Ohio Conservation Tillage & Technology Conference. 

Read more about their stories in the Ohio Farmer.

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