(Reynoldsburg) -- The Ohio Department of Agriculture recognized five families as winners of the 2021 Conservation Farm Family Awards at the Farm Science Review in London. The owners of White Clover Farms of Highland County were one of them.
Jim and Sheryl Linne have two daughters. White Clover Farm is 300 acres of pasture, woodland and hay. They converted conventional farmland into a 100% grass-fed beef operation.
The operation uses holistic management to ensure improvement to the soils, and uses prescribed grazing to maximize the pasture’s potential. Jim partners with the Highland SWCD for grazing schools and farm tours, in which his land is used as an example of good conservation.
Jim was named Highland County SWCD Cooperator of the Year in 2016.
Since 1984, the Conservation Farm Family Awards program has recognized Ohio farm families for their exemplary efforts conserving soil, water, woodland, wildlife and other natural resources on the land they farm. Conservation farm families also host a variety of educational programs, opening their farms to schools, scout groups, farm organizations and others.
The families each receive $400 from the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, are featured in the September issue of Ohio Farmer magazine. Ohio Farmer magazine has sponsored the Ohio Conservation Farm Family Awards since the program's inception. Nominations are sought annually between January and May, and Ohio farming families are encouraged to apply. For more information or to apply, individuals can contact their local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).