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Farmers Behind Your Food: Crabtree Farms, Tennessee and Kentucky

Ronnie and Karen Crabtree and their son Jason raise corn, soybeans, wheat and chickens on 1,400 acres in Obion County, Tenn., and Fulton County, Ky.   

The Tennessee Association of Conservation Districts website credits the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Stewardship Program and Conservation Reserve Program with helping them improve soil nutrient management and reduce soil erosion and runoff.   The techniques they learned increased their crop yields.

When the Crabtrees decided to launch a poultry production facility, they were faced with a new challenge: animal waste.  They solved it with the help of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Last year, the Tennessee Association of Conservation Districts and Farm Credit Services of Mid-Atlantic named Crabtree Farms the Conservation Farmer of the Year for “outstanding achievements and leadership in natural resource conservation.”