Oconee Angus cattle farmer Casey Green was recently named Conservationist of the Year by the Oconee River Soil and Water Conservation District.
The organization bestows this honor to farmers who utilize agricultural practices that protect soil and water resources.
“I think the passion I have to only do it right or not do it at all [was why I won it],” Green said.
He and others on his farm have not implemented their conservation practices overnight. Rather, it was a gradual process with the help of the USDA’S Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Green owns two Bishop farms, along with his father, Marvin Green. The family has been farming on the High Shoals Road farm since at least 1862. He acquired the other one just south of U.S. 441 in Bishop.
Between the farms, he and his associates care for about 150 cattle at any given point in time over 330 acres.
Green has farmed on his own for about 10 years. Seven years ago, he acquired land for the second farm.
He saw the opportunity to fix and tweak elements of that farm, so he went to NRCS for help, where he became acquainted with Gerald Grace.
“I started thinking how to fix that [second] farm,” Green said. “We already had fences around other farm and cows. I came to Gerald, and I sat down and talked to him and talked with him several times over several months.”
One of Green’s business partners had already done some fencing and addressed traffic areas on the farm, and Green wanted to add upon that work.
“I wanted for it [the farm] to be a totally rotational grazing situation,” Green said. “When we had rain in the summer, I wanted to not be on the same grass for more than two to three weeks at a time, and I wanted not to see that same grass for six to eight weeks.”
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