The 2013 Fayette County Conservation Farm Family Award goes to the Bob Knebel Family of Mulberry Grove. If we gave the award just for being nice people, Bob and Linda would win, hands down! But, the award is given to families who are good stewards of the land. They more than qualify on this point as well. So, besides being extremely nice people, Bob and Linda were chosen because they are conscientious conservationists.
They have been living on the farm they live now - on the west side of the county - since 1980. Bob has been farming for over 50 years. He operates about 1150 acres, with about 700 acres of that being cropland. Of the rest, over 130 acres are in CRP, from cool season grasses to quail buffer to riparian buffer to trees to grass waterways. He maintains 75 acres of pasture and 40 acres of hay to keep his 25 – 30 head of cows, and varying numbers of calves fed. Linda spent many years driving school bus for the Vandalia School District.
Bob and Linda have three sons: Rich and wife Carla have three boys and a girl (one of the boys is deceased); Steve, who, with his wife Laurna, have a son and two daughters; and Doug, married to Jennifer, and have two boys and two girls. Bob and Linda also have six great grandchildren.
Bob has recently officially retired from farming, letting son Steve take over, but I’ve got a feeling Steve is going to have a lot of help from dad.
Congratulations to Bob and Linda for this well deserved award.
Each year county schools participate in a local Envirothon
school brings five member teams to the event and they are tested on five
subjects dealing with the environment. The Fayette County Soil & Water
Conservation District provides each student participating from Fayette County
with a t-shirt. The shirts this year were donated by Fayette County Farm
Bureau. The district is responsible for putting a unique county logo
on the back of the shirts. We come up with that logo each year by having a
design competition in the vocational art department at Vandalia High School.
This year’s winner, and winner of a $100 Visa Card, is Ashley Geiger.
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