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NRCS Conservationist Earns National Pastureland Award
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/24/2018

A Wisconsin soil conservationist has been honored by the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service for exemplifying outstanding service to his agency, its clients and the science of grazing land management. Adam Abel of Appleton has received the NRCS Pastureland 'Conservationist of the Year Award' during the annual American Forage and Grassland Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. The award recognizes an NRCS employee for their exceptional education and outreach to promote sustainable grazing practices.

Able is central Wisconsin native who grew up on a dairy and beef farm. For the past nine years, he has been providing grazing lands technical assistance as a major part of his soil conservationist duties in northeast Wisconsin. His nominators say he gives countless presentations on managed grazing to Wisconsin farmers, landowners, partners, employees, teachers, tribes, historically underserved groups, conservation groups and the general public. He also presents at grazing field days and conferences on topics such as heifer grazing, pasture design, fencing, livestock water and trails.

"The very first time I saw Adam give a presentation, his enthusiasm was clear; his passion for working with local graziers in Wisconsin is making a difference on their operations and subsequently our natural resources," said Wisconsin State Conservationist Angela Biggs. "He makes an effort to connect new graziers with more experienced graziers because he feels communication and collaboration are essential in implementing managed grazing."

Meanwhile, Able also promotes soil health practices on cropland, including cover crops, hay rotations and no-till. His region of the state has one of the highest concentrations of dairy cattle in the U.S. and he strives to work with producers to plant cover crops and graze them effectively with heifers.

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