Standing under a large tent on his rural Northfield property, with hundreds of people from the agriculture industry visiting his farm, Dave Legvold addressed the crowd by saying that the honor he was receiving was “no big deal.”
“This is the way I farm,” Legvold told the crowd. “This is what the soil has been telling me to do all along.”
Legvold was honored as a state water quality certified farm on Wednesday afternoon by the Conservation Technology Information Center during its annual “Conservation in Action” tour.
The certification goes to farmers and landowners who are implementing conservation practices that protect the state’s water.
The tour brought together agricultural representatives and conservationists from around the state and country for a tour of farms in the area. At Legvold’s farm, participants could take information from vendors at the exhibit tent, learn about a saturated buffer surrounding a row of crops, see a demonstration of the locally made Soil Warrior and listen to presentations from Jodi DeJong Hughes, who Legvold called “The Soil Whisperer.”
The afternoon also featured short talks from John Linc Stine, the commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and by John Jaschke, the executive director of the Minnesota Board of Soil and Water Resources.
Legvold said that his certification was a “good thing.”
“This is a snapshot of my life right now,” he said. “And I will continue to go on. As a retired educator, one thing that is always on my mind is that you must respond to the efforts of learner. And now that we are talking agriculture, you must respond to the efforts of the conservation practitioners — call them farmers if you want.”
Legvold also recently hosted Gov. Mark Dayton on his property in April 2015 to discuss the then-proposed buffer regulations on farmland.