The Stevens Water and Soil Conservation District has named Steve and Wanda Howe of Chokio as Stevens County’s Outstanding Conservationists for 2018. The Howes have been part of Steve’s family farm for more than 28 years.
Howe was one of the first in the state to set up a grazing plan on a permanent Wetland Reserve Program easement. He converted his tillable land from corn and beans to alfalfa, implementing forage and biomass planting and forage harvest management plans as part of his participation in the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program. The Howes have also installed a rain garden in their back yard to divert rain water away from his house and filter the runoff to improve water quality.
Howe and his brother John were recently certified in Stevens County through the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program.