In advance of National Farmer’s Day (October 12), an op-ed by Chuck Ripp of Ripp’s Dairy Valley appeared in the October 7th issue of  Wisconsin State Journal about how farmers work hard to protect land and lakes. Ripp points in particular to his farm’s partnership with Yahara Pride Farms to enact land conservation practices such as low disturbance manure injection, cover crops and no-till farming to prevent run-off and keep soil/nutrients in place. Collectively, these conservation practices, along with many others, have led to Yahara Pride farmers reducing total phosphorus runoff in the Yahara Watershed by more than 18,000 pounds during 2017 alone.   Read here.