2019 Outstanding Conservationist of the Year:
Ryberg Farms, Inc., located 2 miles South of Buffalo Lake, have been selected as the 2019 Sibley SWCD conservationist of the year. Though their six children and community involvement keep them plenty busy, they still find time to grow over 5,000 acres of corn, soybeans and sugar beets. Ryberg Farms were early adopters of cover crops and strip till in a conventional farming dominated area. They have become true leaders of soil health in the community/county, having hosted several very successful field days out at their farm. Being involved in the Conservation Stewardship Program, Ryberg Farms have improved nutrient and pest management application techniques as well as widened their buffers. Ryberg Farms are stewards of the land and Sibley SWCD would like to thank them for their conservation efforts!
2018 Outstanding Conservationist of the Year:
Weber and Weber Farms!
Weber and Weber Farms, located between Arlington and Henderson, have been selected as this year’s Sibley SWCD conservationists of the year. They operate a 2,200-acre farm, along with 25 head of beef cattle. Over the years, the Webers have installed several terraces and a grade stabilization structure. In addition, they’ve restored over 70 acres of wetlands, providing wildlife habitat through the Re-invest In Minnesota (RIM) and the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) programs. Being involved in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), the Webers have improved nutrient and pest management application techniques. They’ve installed drift-reducing nozzles, lowered their boom height, implemented GPS targeted spraying and plant tissue testing and analysis. The Webers are stewards of the land and the Sibley SWCD would like to thank them for their conservation efforts!
Ryberg Farms, Inc.!