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MANAWA, Wis. – Dan and Ruth Boerst of Manawa farm with soil-health practices to help mitigate the effects of food insecurity in their rural-American town. They partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to implement a variety of soil-health and conservation practices, helping heal their land while preparing it to be in the best condition to grow crops and produce for a local food pantry.

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The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s ‘Distinguished Service to Wisconsin Agriculture’ award was granted posthumously to Jeff Hicken for his outstanding contributions to the state’s agricultural industry. Hicken passed away in June 2021.


For decades, those who work for and with the watershed have sought to help area residents understand the importance of Choccolocco Creek and, now, encourage ecotourism as expressed in activities such as kayaking, archery, hiking, biking and fishing. 

WESTBY, Wis. – Organics are at the heart of Tiffany Cade’s passion for providing her community with produce that has fresh and local flavor. Deep Rooted Organics is a Certified Organic Farm near Westby.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is awarding $25 million to 18 new projects through the Conservation Innovation Grants program. The On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials projects will support adoption and evaluation of innovative conservation approaches in partnership with agricultural producers.