Richard and Mary Jepson honored as outstanding conservationists in Minnesota's Renville County

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Jan. 7—OLIVIA — Conservation practices are increasing across Minnesota to protect the land and waters, and those leading the efforts on their land were recognized recently, according to a news release from Renville County Soil and Water Convservation.

In December, Richard and Mary Jepson were honored as outstanding conservationists at the annual meeting of the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. They were selected by the Renville Soil and Water Conservation District for the award.

The state convention was Dec. 12-14, 2021, in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Each year, the state's Soil and Water Conservation Districts recognize individuals and organizations for outstanding accomplishments in implementing conservation practices and improving Minnesota's natural resources. The award program is done with support from The Farmer magazine.

Richard and Mary Jepson were recognized for a variety of conservation practices including being advocates of soil health.

They recognize that healthy soil is not just a medium to grow plants, but rather a living and dynamic system that is ever-changing and influenced by what we do and the practices we adopt, according to the release.

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