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Lawrence County Conservation District nominee wins Land Conservationist of the Year

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (August 22, 2016) – The Lawrence County Conservation District nominee for a statewide conservation award takes home the top honor. Blythe Cotton Company of Town Creek was recently awarded the Land Conservationist of the Year Award at the 2016 Alabama Wildlife Federation Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards banquet. The banquet was held on Friday, August 5, 2016, at The Marriott Legends at Capitol Hill in Prattville.

The Blythe Cotton Company is a family farming operation comprised of Jimmy Blythe, Jr., his wife Betty, daughter Jamie, and her husband Kenny Paul Arnold. The farm, located in Town Creek, rotates cotton, corn, wheat and soybeans and uses a diversified cropping system on 3500 acres. Their no-till conservation method has been utilized to reduce soil erosion from 15 tons to less than 1 ton per acre.  At the same time, it has increased organic matter, improved soil health, decreased runoff potential from fertilizers and pesticides.

Blythe Cotton also uses the latest technology in Precision Agriculture using data collected from yield and soil maps to improve their soil stewardship and overall land stewardship.

Lawrence County Conservation District Chairman Allen Pickens, District Administrative Coordinator Henrietta Taylor, and District Conservationist Kathy Gotcher joined the Blythes for the awards dinner.

AWF Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards are the most respected conservation honors in the state of Alabama. Over the past 30 years, the AWF has presented these awards to individuals and organizations that make great contributions to the conservation of Alabama’s wildlife and related natural resources.

Lawrence County Conservation District is one of 67 conservation districts across Alabama that works hand-in-hand with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to secure funding and technical assistance for landowners and farmers, and conducts educational outreach in the community.

Photo 1: (Back L-R) Kenny Paul Arnold, Allen Pickens; (Front L-R) Betty Blythe, Jimmy Blythe, Jamie Arnold, Henrietta Taylor, Kathy Gotcher

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