2017 Outstanding Conservationists for Kandiyohi County

The 2017 Outstanding Conservationists for Kandiyohi County are Richard & Carol Radtke. The Radtkes were certified organic in 2011 and operate a 159 acre organic/dairy farming operation. They were the first farmers in Kandiyohi County to become certified in the Minnesota Agriculture Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) and have been certfied as Master Grazers through the USDA.

The Radtkes have installed a wide variety of conservation practices over the years. These conservation practices include a farmstead windbreak,a grassed waterway, has restored 15 acres of prairie through the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), and installed a manure stacking slab. Resotation efforts along Shakopee Creek on Radtkes property have been established by placing 1/2 mile buffer strips along the bank and added a cattle exclusionary crossing to prevent fututre erosion.

Overall, the many conservation efforts that the Radtkes have established shows they truely believe in protecting and ehancing their land to leave a lasting legacy.

List of Outstanding Conservationists
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