Craig named Conservation Farmer of the Year

  • Commissioner Dr. Mike Sullivan (left) presents C. Kelly Craig the 2016 Conservation Farmer of the Year award. Also pictured are Craig’s wife Tina Craig, father Ted Craig, and mother Patty Craig.

Each year, the Barnwell Soil and Water Conservation District awards a farmer or landowner for outstanding conservation efforts.

On February 28, 2017, the District recognized C. Kelly Craig, a row crop and poultry farmer who has conserved soil and reduced runoff by strip-till planting all row crops.

Commissioner Dr. Mike Sullivan presented a plaque to Craig, the 2016 Conservation Farmer of the Year, for his dedication to farming and natural resource conservation.

The Barnwell Conservation District hosted a luncheon at Clemson University Edisto Research & Education Center to present the award. Craig was joined by his family at the luncheon.

Nutrient and pest management practices are utilized on his farm including the variable-rate application of fertilizer and lime. He also plants winter cover crops on cropland to improve soil quality. His pivot center pivot irrigation systems with drop nozzles conserve water and energy. All of these practices have crop production and environmental benefits, stated a press release.