Tidewater SWCD Clean Water Farm Awards
The Clean Water Farm/Bay Friendly Award is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. This award is given to recognize and thank Virginia farmers who implement nutrient management plans and are exemplary in their protection of the state’s soil and water quality. These individuals are role models who encourage others’ stewardship. Farmers spend time, energy and hard-earned money carrying out conservation practices that benefit many people. They themselves benefit because nutrients, pesticides, and chemicals they invest in remain with the land where they’re most productive. The soil necessary to grow crops also stays put because of conservation planting techniques. When these potential pollutants are kept out of surface and ground waters, citizens benefit by having cleaner water for drinking, recreation, industry, wildlife and transportation. On a local level, each District can nominate one farmer per river basin to win a certificate of recognition signed by the governor and a sign to post at their farm for this award . Above and beyond the local award, one farmer or farm from each of Virginia’s 10 major river basins is chosen for outstanding management that improves water quality. These 10 winners receive an additional award presented at a special recognition ceremony, one winner will then be chosen as a state winner.
Congratulations Wayne H. Bray & Sons Inc.
Chesapeake Bay Coastal Watershed Clean
Water Farm Award Winner !
The Tidewater Soil and Water Conservation
District proudly honors
Wayne H. Bray & Sons Inc. as the Chesapeake Bay Coastal Watershed Clean
Water Farm Award Winner. Wayne
and Jason Bray are a multi-generation farming family in Middlesex
County. Currently the operation
includes corn, soybeans, wheat, and barley for grain crops and beef
cattle as well. When asked about farming, Mr. Wayne Bray said, “Anything
we can do to keep the soil in place benefits the farm but also the
aquatic health of all downstream as well.”