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Who are River Friendly Farmers?

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They are people just like you who care about the land and the water.

Below are some profiles of landowners who are currently participating in the Clean Water Farms Project.  Each profile has a description of what the participants did to make their operations River Friendly.

Below those profiles are links to the 2001 Report detailing the first 6 years of the Clean Water Farms Project from 1995 to 2001, including profiles of 25 landowners who participated during that period of time.

All the links on this page are to pdf files (Printable Document Format) which require Adobe Acrobat Reader software to read them.  If you do not have Acrobat Reader on your computer, you may download it for free from Adobe.

Current participants in the program

The following profiles are just a few of the more than 50 farmers and ranchers currently involved in the Clean Water Farms-River Friendly Farms Project.

  • Darrin Unruh, Reno County (posted March 2010)
    Alternative Watering System, Rotational Grazing System

  • Cheri Karns, Jackson County (posted May 2009)
    Alternative Watering System, Stream and Pond Protection

  • John Geiger, Brown County (posted March 2009)
    Alternative Watering System, Pond Protection

  • Kerry O’Brien, Bourbon County (posted November 2008)
    - Alternative Livestock Watering System, Pond and Stream Protection, Use of Grass Traps to Improve Grazing Distribution

  • Don Walenta, Butler County, (posted August 2008)
    - Installation of alternative watering source for cattle; streambank stabilization

  • David Zeit, Brown County, (posted June 2008)
    - Relocation of winter cattle facilities; Installation of mechanical and natural windbreaks;
    Installation of alternative watering source for cattle

  • Linda Bowlin, Cowley County (posted May 2008)
    - Installation of Creek Crossings, Pond and Stream Protection, Installation of Alternative Watering Points, Removal of Invasive Trees

  • Craig & Carol Blocksome, Ness County (posted April 2008)
    - Removal of Livestock Waste Storage Tanks, Plugging of Abandoned Wells, Installation of Anti-Siphon Device on Sprayer

  • John Rempe, Nemaha County (posted January 2008)
    - Alternative Livestock Watering Systems, Pond and Stream Protection, Relocation of Feedlot and Installation of Sediment Basin

  • Dale Strickler, Republic County (posted September 2007)
    - Conversion of Cropland to Grass/Forages, Soil Stabilization

  • Joe Zarybnicky, Washington County (posted September 2007)
    - Alternative Livestock Watering System, Pond and Stream Protection

  • Bob Greenwood & Judy Stevens, Dickinson County (posted June 2007)
    - Household Waste System, Pond and Stream Protection

  • Joe and Amy Schmitz, Marshall County (posted March 2007)
    - Livestock and milk barn waste; Containment and filtering of lot runoff

  • Chris Visser, Clay County (posted Jan. 2007)
    -
    Fuel Containment Unit, Pond and Stream Protection

  • John Bradley, Douglas County (posted Oct. 2006)
    -
    Alternative Livestock Watering System, Pond and Stream Protection, Relocation of Feeding Site and Use of Feeding Pad, Stockpiled Fescue

  • Mike Nickels, Jefferson County (posted July 2006)
    - Alternative Livestock Watering System, Pond and Stream Protection

  • Larry Abeldt, Dickinson County (posted June 2006)
    - Installed grass buffer for sheep holding lot runoff

  • Lee Bigham, Marshall County (posted March 2006)
    - Alternative Livestock Watering System, Conversion of Cropland to Grass

  • Ken Reed, Allen County (posted Dec. 2005)
    -
    Alternative Livestock Watering System, Pond and Stream Protection

  • Mike & Pat Wulf, Pottawatomie County (posted Nov. 2005)
    - Conversion of Cropland to Grass, Alternative Livestock Watering System, Management Intensive Grazing

  • Mel Williams, Jefferson County (posted Sep. 2005)
    - Alternative Livestock Watering System, Pond Fencing, Management Intensive Grazing

  • Michael Scheer, Washington County (posted Aug. 2005)
    - Alternative Livestock Watering System, Pond and Stream Protection

  • Jackie Keller, Shawnee County (posted June 2004)
    - Conversion to Legume Cover Crops to Reduce Fertilizer Use

  • Eric Babbitt, Cherokee County (posted April 2004)
    - Soil Stabilization, Alternative Livestock Watering System, Stream Protection

  • Sam Sanders, Reno County (posted April 2004)
    - Alternative Livestock Watering System, Fuel Containment

More profiles will be added later.  Check back for additions.


In December 2001, the Kansas Rural Center published a report highlighting 25 selected on-farm demonstrations conducted by our Clean Water Farms Project between July 1995 and December 2001. The report marked the end of our first CWFP grant.

Below are download links for the 2001 Clean Water Farms Report as well as profiles of people who participated in the program prior to the preparation of that report.

Copies of the complete report are available for $12 each by calling KRC at (785) 873-3431 or emailing ksrc@rainbowtel.net.

WORKING FOR CLEAN WATER AND THRIVING FARMS: Profiles of Farms in the
Clean Water Farms Project

Introduction

Purpose, Goals, and Objectives

Grass & Grazing Systems Demonstration Profiles

Crop Rotations and Integrated Crop & Livestock Systems Demonstration Profiles

  • Herb & Pat Bartel, Marion County
    - Resource Conserving Crop Rotation

  • Sharon Bean, Mitchell County
    - Resource Conserving Crop Rotation

  • Jim & Sue Keating, Ottawa County
    - Resource Conserving Crop Rotation

  • Larry & Kathy Ketter, Marshall County
    - Resource Conserving Crop Rotation & Alternative Livestock Watering System

  • Darrell & Donna Parks, Riley County
    - Pasture Pigs & Crop Rotation

  • Rod Peters, Marion County
    - No-till Crop Rotation & Alternative Livestock System

  • Rodney Rice, Brown County
    - Resource Conserving Crop Rotation

  • Rodger Schneider, Saline County
    - Composting Livestock Waste

  • Ken Teske, Pottawatomie County
    - Resource Conserving Crop Rotation & Alternative Livestock Watering System

  • Joan & Jim Vibert, Franklin County
    - Convert Conventional Cropland to Horticultural Crops

  • Nancy Vogelsberg-Busch, Marshall County
    - Alternative Livestock Watering System & Crop Rotation

Appendix - Water Quality Monitoring: Eight Profile Farms
by Dr. Don Huggins and Will Spotts, Kansas Biological Survey

Resources - Clean Water Farms Project Resource and Contact Information

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