By Tim Kowols
Recognizing his use of no-tillage farming and cover crop planting, The Nature Conservancy has named Lee Kinnard of Kinnard Farms in Casco as one of five agricultural innovators in the country. According to its magazine’s spring issue, The Nature Conservancy, an Arlington, Va.-based conservation non-profit organization, is working with farmers, ranchers, and fishers who want to reduce their impact on the environment while still doing what they love. KInnard says working with The Nature Conservancy has brought scientists and quantifiable metrics concerning soil health to the farm to learn what the best practices are moving forward.
The Nature Conservancy was a part of a judge’s panel that awarded Kinnard Farms last year with a national award for outstanding dairy farm sustainability from the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. Kinnard and his family’s operation is one of four Door-Kewaunee Demonstration Farms focusing on practices to reduce erosion and runoff while improving soil health.