2023 conservation farmer of the year


Each year, the Barnwell Soil and Water Conservation District awards a farmer or landowner for outstanding conservation efforts.

 On February 27, 2024, the District recognized a row crop and poultry farmer who has installed grass waterways and terraces to eliminate gully erosion problems on his farm.

 He strip-till plants all row crops to improve soil quality and reduce runoff, while his low-pressure center pivot irrigation systems with drop nozzles conserve water and energy. A stacking shed was constructed on the farm to properly store waste from the poultry houses. All these practices have production and environmental benefits.

 Commissioner, Fleming McMaster presented a plaque to David Page, the 2023 Conservation Farmer of the Year, for his dedication to farming and natural resource conservation.

 The Barnwell Conservation District hosted a luncheon at the Edisto Research & Education Center to present the award.