Dubois County farmer named ‘River-Friendly Farmer’

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JASPER — Roger Sermersheim of Sermersheim Farm in Dubois County is among 49 farmers who received the statewide River-Friendly Farmer Award at Farmers’ Day at the Indiana State Fair on Aug. 15.

The award, hosted by the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, recognizes landowners and farmers in the state for work they do on their land to protect Indiana’s natural resources.

The Dubois County Soil and Water Conservation District nominated Sermersheim for the award based upon his farm management practices. Sermersheim and his wife, Brenda, utilize water and sediment control basins, grassed waterways and grassed buffers to keep nutrients and sediment from leaving their property. They use continuous no-till with a cover crop system, which was started by Sermersheim’s father in 1968.

Water is clean and clear when leaving their fields with nutrients and sediment being filtered before it leaves the property. They share their conservation practices and successes in a variety of community groups, including their local soil and water district, their church, Dubois County FFA Advisory Board and the local cemetery board.

The River-Friendly Farmer Award has been presented by the state soil and water conservation district and sponsored by the 92 local soil and water conservation districts and Indiana Farm Bureau Inc. since 2000. This year’s group of award winners brings the total number of River-Friendly Farmers in Indiana to 961.

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