Smith Family Farms noted for conservation practices
Wilkes County’s Smith Family Farms received the Broad River Soil and Water Conservation District’s (BRSWCD) annual Farm Family Award at the organization’s annual meeting held on November 20 in Hull, Georgia.
George Smith accepting the award for the family and his son, Robert, gave a power point presentation on conservation measures applied on their farm in Washington.
Conservation practices discussed by Smith included exclusion fencing, divisional fencing, hedge rows, buffers, watering tanks, heavy use areas, forage stockpiling, timber stand management, native grass plantings, and soil health. The BRSWCD presented the family with a conservation sign as a Broad River Soil and Water Conservation District cooperator and a check for $1,000 sponsored by Joe Taylor with AgGeorgia Farm Credit.
Presiding over the meeting was BRSWCD Chairman Charles Andrews. The organization selects a Conservation Farm Family of the year annually based on conservation practices applied on the farm. The selection process is very competitive since the BRSWCD is made up of seven counties including Banks, Elbert, Franklin, Hart, Madison, Oglethorpe, and Wilkes.