Winona County SWCD
2010 Outstanding Conservationist:
Robert and Terri Ketchum
The Winona Co. SWCD 2010 Outstanding Conservationist is Robert and Terri Ketchum of Utica Minnesota. The Ketchum's were recognized for their many years of demonstrating a conservation ethic. The 100 cow dairy operation includes a animal waste pit to help reduce feedlot runoff and utilize the nutrients as natural fertilizer. A few of their other conservation practices include grass waterways and their many contour strips with a substantial amount of hay in the rotation helping reduce erosion while naturally adding nitrogen to the soil.