WOOSTER, Ohio – For Harold Mann and his son, David, conserving the soil and conserving the farm go hand in hand. The Manns were recognized as the Wayne Soil and Water Conservation District 2007 Conservation Farm during its annual banquet.
David Mann and his wife, Karen, operate a 170-acre farm in Franklin Township, raising corn, hay and pasture. As part of the conservation improvements, they have planted 4,000 Yellow poplar, black walnut and white pine trees on the highly erodible land as part of the Conservation Reserve Program.
Harold Mann operates 160 acres, raising corn, hay and pasture and along with his son, Dave, has an 80-head cow/calf operation. Harold has also installed spring developments for watering his livestock in the feedlot and keeping them out of the stream.
In 2007, Harold planted a 5-acre plot of 1,850 walnut, poplar, maple and oak trees along Savage Run Creek, which flows through his property. This project was completed through the Conservation Reserve program.
Educator. Linda Lang was recognized as the 2007 Conservation Educator. She has taught fifth grade in the Northwestern School District for 27 years and is a member of the Northwestern Land Lab Committee.
This year, the district sold 15,620 trees and 2,285 fish during its annual sale.
For the past seven years, students in the agriscience and production agriculture classes at Triway High School have assisted the district with this project by counting, tagging and bagging trees for pickup. The chapter was recognized for its involvement with this project during the banquet.
Gary Mast, USDA deputy under secretary, Natural Resources and Environment, was the featured speaker.
Elections. David Maurer and David Rohrer were re-elected to serve on the Wayne Soil and Water Conservation District’s board of supervisors. Maurer and his family operate Maurer Farms in Wooster Township. Rohrer and his family operate Davel Farms, Inc. in Green Township.