Sermersheim receives state honor

Brenda and Roger Sermersheim, left, received the state River-Friendly Farmer award at the Indiana State Fair on Aug. 15, 2018, from Randy Kron, president of the Indiana Farm Bureau.

In these days of water quality concerns, there are those that are utilizing conservation practices on their farms that are protecting waterways and water quality in Indiana and beyond.

In Dubois County, Roger Sermersheim of Sermersheim Farm is one such farmer among 49 farmers who received the statewide award of River Friendly Farmer at the Indiana State Fair on Farmers’ Day, Aug. 15.

The award, hosted by the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, recognizes landowners and farmers in the state of Indiana for the 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 a water and sediment control basin, grassed waterways and grassed buffers to keep nutrients and sediment from leaving their property. They have used continuous no-till with a cover crop system started by his 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 the local SWCD, their church, the Dubois County FFA Advisory Board and the local cemetery board.

The River Friendly Farmer Award has been presented by the IASWCD 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.