Huwa Farms awarded Farming Conservationist of the Year
Huwa Farms, located in Prospect Valley, was notified by the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts (CACD) they were awarded the coveted Farming Conservationist of the Year. This award is awarded annually to a farming family that demonstrates outstanding conservation practices and Huwa Farms has demonstrated such practices for years. They were nominated by the Southeast Weld Conservation District and will be recognized several times throughout the state.
Ten watershed districts throughout the state nominate a farming operation within their area for this award. A nomination form and photos of their operation are submitted to CACD where a panel of experts review them and chose a conservationist of the year based on outstanding conservation efforts. Some of the conservation efforts demonstrated by Huwa Farms are 998 acres planted grass on pivot corners and fields to combat wind erosion and weed control, constructed six ponds to allow storage water for irrigation and recharge the aquifer, 7,900 feet of gated pipe irrigation for erosion control and water management and 5,800 trees placed in six tree windbreaks in the past five years. These are just a few examples of their conservation efforts. Huwa Farms has operated in Weld and Adams counties, spanning four generations of farming.
In addition to conservation efforts Huwa Farms have been active with community outreach. A few examples of their community outreach are hosting Agricultural Exchange Students from Japan for eight years where two college students lived and worked with them for six to eight weeks in the summer to understand different agricultural practices and concepts. Outreach to Metro State College classes for agricultural enrichment with city students. College students gained experience and understanding of agricultural practices, and 40 extension agents from numerous states visited their farm in 1999. The extension agents were looking at irrigation and conservation practices in the area.
Huwa Farms will be commended during the rodeo performance January 20, 2010 at the National Western Stock Show. As district supervisors we are very proud to have the 2009 Farming Conservationist of the Year in our conservation district. Please join us in congratulating the Huwa family in their excellent conservation efforts.
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