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Adonis Ridge Farms Selected as Upper Ohio Conservation Farm Winner

By Staff | Oct 6, 2021

Adonis Ridge Farms, owned and operated by Roy and Linda Henriksen of Sistersville, WV was selected as the 2021 Upper Ohio Conservation District Conservation farm winner. The Henriksons also recently participated in the State Conservation Contest.

Being a conservation farmer involves adapting conservation practices that prevent soil erosion and increase soil health. The Henriksen’s have voluntarily exceeded the minimum obligations of general agriculture practices to enhance and conserve natural resources.

Intensive pasture management has been adopted to properly care for both the soil and forages. Herd management has been optimized to preserve pasture soil health.

Agronomic Best Management Practices implemented on the farm include rotational grazing, forage harvest management, as well as harvesting hay in a wildlife friendly manner to allow birds and small game to flush from the hay fields.

Springs have been developed to provide clean water for cattle to drink. Pasture and hay fields have been maintained to reduce the spread of invasive species to and from the land. Tags have been installed on fence lines in pasture fields to increase visibility with the goal to prevent injury, entanglement or mortality of wildlife.

The Henriksen’s have consistently worked to maintain and improve upon their farm and share their knowledge with others in the community.

Both Roy and Linda are involved in the Olive Branch Animal Rescue & Refuge, Inc , near Sistersville .

They are dedicated to a better quality of life and to put an end to the cruel abuse, suffering and neglect of all animals.

Anyone interested in participating in a wide variety of conservation programs may contact the Upper Ohio Conservation District located at 201 Underwood Street, Middlebourne, WV. The UOCD encompasses Pleasants, Tyler and Wetzel Counties. Conservation Districts promote and protect natural resources.