MDA award winners work to reduce their carbon footprint ST. PAUL, Minn. - The August winners of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Good Farm Neighbor Award, Arlo and Mary Helen Schmitt, are committed to reducing their carbon footprint, providing exceptional care for their livestock, and cherishing their way of life.
The Schmitts raise approximately 500 Holstein steers as well as grow corn and soybeans on nearly 800 acres of crop land near the town of Mabel, in southeastern Minnesota.
Arlo Schmitt says he uses no till on his row crop acreage to improve the conditions of his farm's soil and he works diligently to improve the environment he depends on.
"Our philosophy is to keep building the soil so it's better every year and for years to come," says Schmitt. "It's a lifetime endeavor to improve soil quality and the condition of this land we call home."
The Schmitts air dry their corn, limit their use of propane and constructed their own home air conditioner, all in an effort to reduce their carbon footprint.
The monthly Good Farm Neighbor Award honors farmers who show the utmost concern for their neighbors, their animals and the environment. Winners are selected by a committee representing the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and the MDA.
Nomination forms can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Good Farm Neighbor Award, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, 625 North Robert Street, St. Paul, Minnesota, 55155.
Source: Minnesota Department of Agriculture
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