The Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (MASWCD) offers the Outstanding Conservationist Award to recognize individuals, conservation organizations, and other outstanding accomplishments using conservation practices to preserve our state’s natural resources. Each Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) nominates an individual or organization to be recognized at the state convention of SWCDs in December with the chance of being selected as the Minnesota’s Outstanding Conservationist of the Year.

The Yellow Medicine Soil and Water Conservation District, SWCD, has nominated Dybsetter Farms Inc. as Outstanding Conservationist of the Year. Dybsetter Farms Inc. is a family owned grain farming operation near Porter, MN.

The family farm consists of Eric, his wife Jess, and their daughters Ellie and Lorelei, and Eric’s parents Dan and Terry Dybsetter. Their farm land is located on the North Branch of the Yellow Medicine River and they are dedicated to conservation. Eric is continually researching new technologies and practices to implement into their operation. Eight years ago the family switched to strip till and no till practices and five years ago they began implementing cover crops into their operation.

Eric is very active in his community and a spokesman for conservation speaking at various field days on soil health and cover crops. He also works with the local Natural Resources Conservation Service Field Office (NRCS) as a technical service provider designing drainage water management plans. The Yellow Medicine SWCD would like to thank the Dybsetter Family for their past, present and futures commitment to conserving Minnesota’s natural resources!

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