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Morrison named Outstanding Conservation Farmer

Leon Morrison talks about being named the 2014 Outstanding Conservation Farmer during the fair Friday morning. (Herald photo by Jason Schulte)2 / 2

Leon Morrison was named the 2014 Outstanding Conservation Farmer by the Pierce County Land Conservation Committee during the fair Friday morning.

Before Morrison spoke, Land Conservation Director Rod Webb explained why Morrison was a deserving selection.

“Tillage practices have changed over the years from moldboard plowing to chisel plowing and then, eight years ago, Leon made the switch to no-till planting,” Webb said. “This switch has triggered Leon to become a dedicated student of no-till planting and soil health. Leon has spent countless hours learning about methods to protect soil from erosion while increasing yields by improving the health of his soil.”

Morrison was raised in the Town of Trenton and graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1953. He enlisted in the Marine Corps soon after graduation and served until 1956. Leon worked as a computer programmer and systems analyst for 30 years before retiring in 1990, to become a full-time farmer.

“…With the help from his neighbor and close friend Brian Berg, who does all the planting of row crops, Leon’s cropland is now nearly void of erosion and produces excellent crops,” Webb said.

Leon has been married to wife Audrey since 1957 and they are the parents of four sons.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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