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2012 Overall Conservation Award Winner
Wes andd Michele Elston are young, enthusiastic producers who have built their operation from the ground up.
They installed a manure management system in 2006, are planting cover crops, and continue to plant field, livestock and farmstead windbreaks throughout their 2,200 acre farm.
The Elstons have participated in EQUIP to enhance their grazing system and to improve soil health.
The couple has a three-year-old son, Ian, who loves riding in any tractor or farm implement when given the chance.
Wes has been active in the Barnes County Soil Conservation District Board for five years and was instrumental in acquiring the traveling gun irrigation system.
Michele, a teacher by trade, has become a true farm girl. Congratulations to the Elstons for their dedication in conservation efforts.