Each year we recognize a producer in our area for their outstanding work and commitment to conservation practices in their operation.
Cox Farms is the Ramsey County SCD achievement winner for 2017. Mike and his bother Patrick run a Livestock and grain operation along the shores of Devils Lake. The Cox's have been working to improve soil quality by reducing tillage and adding cover crops to their already diverse rotation, and are participants in the 49th Parallel Cover Crop Project : "How Far North Can We Grow". They have utilized the EQIP, Water Bank and CSP program to add protection to their feedlot and farmstead with Windbreaks, increase food and cover for wildlife, and maintain water quality through the many buffer areas on their farm. The Ramsey County Soil Conservation District looks forward to continue working with Mike and Patrick as they continue to be good stewards of the land.
Establishing himself in farming in 2005, Paul Frith is a 4th generation farmer. Along with his brother Dan Frith, they produce a diverse rotation of wheat, barley, corn, soybeans, and pinto beans near Devils Lake, ND. As part of being a good steward of God's land, they are working hard to conserve it. Going minimum till, using cover crops, and integrating technology to do variable rate application helps build soil health which is most important to them.
Mike and Kathy Frelich live on a farm just North of Devils Lake ND. They have three daughters; Rachel, Breanna, and Emily. Mike grew up as the youngest of seven, on a small farmstead North of Crary, ND. After college, Mike worked for Lake Region Grain up until he started farming with his father, Alex Frelich in 1994. Mike farmed with his father until Alex's passing in 2005. Mike has continued to farm, raising soybeans, barley, canola, and occasionally wheat and corn. He is a 4th generation farmer. Before encountering NRCS and the Soil Conservation District in 2013, Mike was already practicing no-till and experimenting with cover crop. Mike began looking into some programs and saw that he could benefit by enrolling his land in CSP and EQIP. He is taking measures to improve his soil quality and has been happy with the results. The efforts of his work will benefit air and water quality for years to come. Mike has made a great start into his programs and we look forward to seeing his accomplishments through NRCS and the SCD.
Brian & Michelle Aanstad along with their children Katie and Luke are operating a three generation farm in Northfield Township by Hampden, ND. Their farm was recognized as a North Dakota Centennial Farm in 2007, it has been owned by the Aanstad family for more than 100 years. Brian has been operating this farm since 1976. He currently seeds Wheat, Barley, Canola and Soybeans. There have been many changes in those 100 years, but conservation is an important part of this farming operation.
The Stubbe's are operating a 3rd generation farm NE of Devils Lake, ND. Jarrod's grandfather, Charles Stubbe, purchased the farm in 1946 and planted most of the farmstead trees himself. Ron Stubbe then took over the farm until 1997 when Jarrod began farming. Jarrod has been no-till farming for the past 10 years with a diverse rotation of Wheat, Barley, Canola, Soybeans, and Dry Beans. Like most producers in Ramsey County, the Stubbe's have struggled with the Devils Lake Basin's wet cycle. They are utilizing CRP and WRP on marginal cropland and continue to look for ways to make the operation better.
The Annual Banquet is November 17-18-19th in Fargo where they will be awarded their farm photo and recognition dinner.
Thanks Stubbe's for your conservation efforts!
Scot & Pam Brekke and Ryan & Melissa Brekke
Family Farm: The Brekkes are part of the CSP program
Homesteaded in 1898, Scot and Pam's grandchildren are the 6th generation living on the 114 year old farm. They produce Wheat, Barley, Corn, Canola, Pinto Beans, and Soybeans on 4500 arces. Over the years, Scot and Pam have had a passion for planting trees for future generations planting roughly 48,250 feet of trees.