2023 Conservation Farmer of the Year – Burk-Lea Farms, Clinton & Kara Burkholder
CONGRATULATIONS to Clinton & Kara Burkholder for being named the 2023 Franklin County Conservation District Farmer of the Year.
LEFT: (L-R) PA Representative Rich Irvin, PA Senator Doug Mastriano, 2023 Franklin County Conservation Farmer of the Year Clinton and Kara Burkholder, Stanley and Janice Burkholder, PA Representative Rob Kauffman and FCCD Chairman Evan Burkholder.
RIGHT: Approximately 90 participants enjoyed the recent Franklin County Summer Conservation Farm Tour held at Burk-Lea Farms, owned by Clinton and Kara Burkholder.
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2022 Conservation Farmer of the Year – Bryan & Tina Kyle
CONGRATULATIONS to Bryan & Tina Kyle for being named the 2022 Franklin County Conservation District Farmer of the Year.
LEFT: Left to right: FCCD Chairman Evan Burkholder presents the annual award to Bryan & Tina Kyle.
RIGHT: Collage of photos from the Bryan & Tina Kyle farm and the Lurgan Lions Club stream restoration project.
2021 Conservation Farmer of the Year – Lesher’s Poultry Farm
CONGRATULATIONS to Lesher’s Poultry Farm, Inc., for being named the 2021 Franklin County Conservation District Farmer of the Year.
Left: Owner/Operator Leslie Bowman accepts the award from Conservation District Chairman Evan Burkholder.
Right: Bowman shares about organic cropping with attendees at the annual summer farm tour.
2020 Conservation Farmer of the Year – Fisher Farms, St Thomas
CONGRATULATIONS to Fisher Farms for being named the 2020 Franklin County Conservation District Farmer of the Year.
Left: Franklin County Commissioner John Flannery, members of the Fisher family, Franklin County Conservation District Board Chairman Evan Burkholder, PA Senator Judy Ward
Right: Manure Storage structure – one of the many BMPs Fisher Farms installed on their dairy operation
2019 Conservation Farmer of the Year – Timmons Farms, Orrstown
CONGRATULATIONS to Billy Timmons and family for being named the 2019 Franklin County Conservation District Farmer of the Year.
Billy Timmons and his family have been implementing BMPs on their farm for a number of years. Most recently they have installed manure storage structures, improved animal walkways, added livestock exclusion fencing along a stream and around the pond, installed a concrete pad and collection system for silage trenches, and installed a manifold pipe and vegetated treatment area for silage leachate and runoff from a laneway.