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Terry Peters

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Terry PetersTerry Peters is a fourth generation timber harvester and timberland owners with more than 3,000 acres in northern Wisconsin. He got his start by following his father, Howard, on logging jobs as often as he could. Peters also spent time working in his grandfather’s sawmill. Like his grandfather and father, Peters has passed the timber tradition along to three of his sons: Cody, Corey, and Jamie. As Howard Peters says, the family has “sawdust in the blood.


 

Meuer Farm

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Meuer FarmDavid Meuer considers himself lucky to have been introduced to conservation practices through his father, who saw value in investing in the health of the land. When David purchased his own land and took over his father’s farm, he continued to uphold the conservation ethic his dad instilled in him.


 

Koepke Farms

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Koepke FarmsKoepke Farms Inc. is a partnership between brothers Alan, David, Jim and Jim’s son John. Together, they milk 320 cows and operate 1,000 acres of cropland plus another 150 acres of woods and wetlands.


 

Hebbe Farm

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Hebbe FarmJim and Valerie Hebbe, along with their daughter, Ashley, operate a cash grain farm in Green Lake County. In his nearly 30 years of experience in melding conservation and agriculture, Jim is the essence of adaptive management.


 

Gerry Mich

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Gerry MichGerry Mich's story of a lifelong commitment to conservation began 30 years ago when he and his two brothers purchased 20 acres of woods in Portage County. There, they and Gerry's future wife, Margo, planted 1,000 red pine seedlings by hand.


 

David Geiser - Gold Star Dairy

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David Geiser - Gold Star DairySome farmers focus on yield and profit. David Geiser is also driven by conservation and education.


 

Cates Family Farm

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Cates Family FarmWhen Dick Cates’ father purchased the family’s Iowa County farm in the 1960’s, it consisted of a few small tilled fields and largely unmanaged pastures. Today, it is a model of how to farm in a manner that is good for the business and good for the land.


 

Brooks Farms

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Brooks FarmsWhen Luther West acquired his 160-acre homestead in 1855, he was required to clear at least 5 acres and build a claim shanty. However, in less than three years, he cleared nearly 80 acres and built a large home on what is now Brooks Farms. Luther’s spirit of going above and beyond what is required remains a driving force for Ron Brooks and his daughters Alyssa, Kelsey, Zoey and Sydney, who each strive to conserve, improve and in some cases restore the same land Luther tamed over 160 years ago.


 

Brickstead Dairy

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Brickstead DairyEstablished in 1848, Brickstead Dairy is a fifth-generation farm in Brown County, Wisconsin. Since partnering with his father in the 1990s, Dan Brick has grown the farm's dairy herd to 900 cows.


 

Robbins Lumber and their 23,000 acre Conservation Easement

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The Robbins decided to place a conservation easement on the whole area to protect it as a working forest to provide logs for the mill but also to protect the abundant wildlife


 

Bragger Family Dairy

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Bragger Family DairyEverything on Joe Bragger’s Buffalo County farm is connected and has a purpose: The cows and the chickens, the trout and the trees, the soil and the stream. He not only loves the land, but clearly sees what it can do for him and what he can do for it.


 

W.F. Goring and Son Inc.

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W.F. Goring and Son Inc.Near the west side of the Wellsville Mountains is Goring Ranch, a third generation sheep outfit owned and managed by Bill Goring, his wife Sherie and their son Blake. Bill attributes his family’s good fortune in the business to the hands-on approach and strong initiative passed down from his father, who built the ranch from scratch.


 

Tavaputs Ranch

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Tavaputs RanchButch and Jeanie Jensen’s fifth generation T.N. Ranching Company and Tavaputs Ranch, located in Carbon County, is a cow-calf operation, encompassing two herds of more than 1,200 cattle on approximately 30,000 acres of private rangeland and 320,000 acres of state and federal rangeland.


 

Red Pine Land & Livestock

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Red Pine Land & LivestockWhile managing their 178,000 acres of land near Park City, Steve Osguthorpe and his family carry on a tradition of conservation and sustainable agriculture that Steve inherited from his father, D.A. “Doc” Osguthorpe.


 

Johnson Ranch

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Johnson RanchOne would be hard pressed to find someone more connected to their land than Darrell and Carol Johnson. The Johnson Ranch, inTooele County, has been part of Darrell’s life for longer than he can remember. He grew up working on the ranch and planned how he would run the operation until he got his opportunity in 1962 when he began to purchase land from his uncles. He partnered with his father, Orson, until 1988.


 

Johnson Mountain Ranch

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Johnson Mountain RanchJohnson Mountain Ranch is owned and operated by Stuart Johnson with this wife Carma, along with their son Jared. Stuart’s grandfather started the original family farm and ranch in Utah’s Sevier Valley in 1904.


 

Jerrold Richins Ranch

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Jerrold Richins RanchIn the early 1990s, the Chalk Creek Watershed was considered one of Utah’s most degraded watersheds. The creek suffered through years of erosion-induced silt from hundreds of miles of backcountry mining and oil exploration roads. When the area experienced rain and record floods in 1983, the creek was in ruins. To slow channelization, some residents in the area simply began rolling old car bodies into the creek.


 

Heaton Livestock Company

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Heaton Livestock CompanyCousins Karl and Raymond Heaton are fourth generation ranchers responsible for the management of over 140,000 private and federal acres at Heaton Ranch, located in Alton. The ranch consists of approximately 1,250 head of cattle.


 

Full Belly Farm

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Full Belly FarmLocated northwest of Sacramento, Full Belly Farm is co-owned by Andrew Brait, Paul Muller, Judith Redmond and Dru Rivers. They began farming together in the 1980’s when many farms were failing and there was no established organic produce marketing system.


 

Giacomazzi Dairy

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Giacomazzi DairyDino Giacomazzi is a fourth-generation dairy farmer whose farm is comprised of 900 dairy cows on 900 acres in Hanford where the farm has operated since 1893. Dino represents what it means to farm responsibly and sustainably, enhancing natural resources as part of his work.