b'Minnesota PrairieNiman Ranch Awards First SustainableFarmer Of The Year AwardFarmer of the Year honor areincorporated diversified, traditional celebrated for their decadesfarming practices on the family of efforts to preserve theirfarm. In the 1990s, they installed farmland and conserve naturalterraces to reduce erosion on their resources. Nineteen-year Nimanfarmland and have continued the Ranch partners, brothers Timsustainability journey through and Tom Nuessmeier along withtoday, regularly incorporating new their family, are fifth-generationsustainable farming practices farmers. The Nuessmeiers raiseseason after season. We have pigs outdoors, grow organic cropsalways believed that wild natureusing sustainable practices,birds, insects, mammalsshould including crop rotation andhave a place to coexist on a working buffer strips and have dedicatedfarm, Tim explained of their Family farmers are often leaders pollinator habitat among manyfamilys commitment to biodiversity. in environmental stewardship. other environmentally consciousThe family has land in the USDAs In that spirit, Niman Ranchpractices on their diversified farm.Conservation Reserve Program recognized the Nuessmeier FamilyThe family farm was recognized aswhere they have seen robust Farm of LeSueur, Minnesota as thea Century Farm in 1975 and is goingpollinator life and biodiversity first recipients of their Sustainableon 150 years in operation. take hold. They have dubbed the Hog Farmer of the Year Award. area a songbird commons due Tim and Tom inherited their passionto the many ground-nesting native The inaugural recipients of thefor preserving the natural worldsongbirds that live among theNiman Ranch Sustainable Hogfrom their parents, who alwaysnative plants.75 ENVIRONMENT'