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Above: The Jackson family, 2018 recipients of the Leopold Conservation Award.

Kiowa County members awarded for their conservation efforts to preserve land for future generations

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hird-generation ranchers and Kiowa County Farm Bureau members Russ and Jani Jackson were honored as the 2018 Oklahoma Leopold Conservation Award winners. This annual award, sponsored in part by the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture and Sand County Foundation, is presented in 14 states across the country to landowners committed to the conservation and preservation of land.

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Located near the Wichita Mountains, the Jacksons have found a way to successfully ranch in a difficult area. Known for hot summers, strong winds and limited rainfall, the family realized they needed to implement conservation practices for their land to last for generations to come. Nearly a decade ago, the Jacksons began implementing a no-till system, resulting in drastically improved soil health and a

reduction in wind and water erosion. Their initial development of a conservation plan with the Natural Resources Conservation Service provided access to the Environmental Quality Incentive Program. The positive impacts they began to see convinced the family to join the Conservation Stewardship Program, which encourages brush management, prescribed grazing and planting cover crops. Planting canola as

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Oklahoma Country – Spring 2019  

Oklahoma Country is the official magazine of Oklahoma Farm Bureau. Our spring issue highlights two Oklahomans making a name for themselves...

Oklahoma Country – Spring 2019  

Oklahoma Country is the official magazine of Oklahoma Farm Bureau. Our spring issue highlights two Oklahomans making a name for themselves...