Fall 2015 - Edition 5

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Youngren site before 
Dairy Waste Management System
Youngren Dairy

     The Youngren project was the number one resource concern for Grant County Conservation District (GCCD).  After the dairy was purchased, we soon realized the original lagoon used to store liquid manure would be too small for the projected herd size.  A lagoon without adequate capacity fills up too fast, forcing applications or even overtopping during the non-growing season.  There didn't appear to be any engineering oversight during original construction, and the District felt the lagoon could potentially contaminate groundwater because it was built on porous soils without a liner.  In addition, not much was known about the construction or compaction of this old lagoon.
     The GCCD worked with the dairy, engineers, liner providers, and construction companies to ensure this project was completed per required specifications and procedures.  The dairy contributed a lot of money to complete the waste management system, which cost much more than the lagoon and liner.  Joe Youngren has handed over operation of the dairy to his children who have strong conservation goals and visions.  With safe liquids storage, separation, and composting in place, the dairy has been able to sign agreements with a local farmer who plans to apply the nutrients for several years.
Youngren finished lagoon liner
Finishing up cross fencing at Maurer Lucky Hook goat dairy

Cost Share Available
Contact GCCD today to discuss your project

      The Grant County Conservation District has 50% cost share available for conservation projects.  If you have been thinking about implementing BMP's to enhancing or improve a site call our office today to see how we may help.  
     Last year the GCCD provided cost share to producers for $374,000.  Some practices that we provided cost share on are:

  • Irrigated windbreak with pollinator plants at large composting facility
  • Waste transfer structure at organic dairy
  • Waste transfer and storage improvements at goat dairy
  • Rotational grazing improvements at beef ranch
  • Lined lagoon and waste system improvements at hog farm
  • Buried mainline and sprinkler improvements at seed farm
  • Waste storage slab at large egg facility
  • Erosion control plan and tree planting on Smyrna Bench
  • Irrigation water system improvements at feedlot
  • Heavy use concrete slab at dairy
  • Manure separation improvements at dairy
  • Manure utilization improvements at five dairies
  • Drip irrigation and cover crop at small farm
  • Cross fencing for rotational grazing
  • Culvert and pasture management

The GCCD has 5 board members - 3 Elected and 2 Appointed

   Glenn Burkholder has been on the board for around 5 years.  He provides this insight into his interest in being on the board:  "I enjoy interacting with other board members, the office staff and representatives from related agencies to stay informed with conservation issues in Grant County as well as the State.  I appreciate that our District can offer beneficial services and assistance to residents, farm operations, and other groups."  Glenn is a full-time farmer in the Warden area.  His main crop is alfalfa along with wheat, corn, and beef cattle.  When asked about how he spends his free time Glenn replies "Free time??  Late fall and winter I enjoy traveling to visit family and to the occasional new place."  Glenn offers this about his past:  "Born and grew up in Virginia, went to college in Kansas (both great places), lived in Bolivia for nearly six years (interesting and challenging), but now consider myself blessed to have lived in the Columbia Basin for nearly 26 years (the best place)."
     Richard Leitz has been on the board of supervisors for over 8 years.  He explained his commitment to being on the board:  "It's important to give back to the community, and a strong, healthy natural resource economy has always been a passion of mine so I got involved with an organization which has a great reputation for getting resources on the ground."  Richard farms cherries and apples with his son on the Wahluke Slope.  They plan to venture into wine grape production in the near future.  He also has a fertilizer manufacture/wholesale business, Paradigm Ag Solutions, where they formulate unique fertilizers for the agriculture industry.  Richard says that he doesn't have a lot of free time, but when he does he enjoys spending it with his kids and grandkids.
     John Preston has been on the board for about 39 years and is the current Chair.  He appreciates seeing "good, voluntary conservation practices implemented."  John grows hay and takes care of a "few cattle".  He is a Trustee for the Columbia Basin Development League which is busy working to expand irrigation into the Odessa area.  John is also Director of Columbia Basin Antique Tractors.  He enjoys camping and fishing although it's been a couple of years since he has taken the time to break out the camping gear.
     Dan Roseburg started on the board in 1983.  He appreciates being on the board for the opportunity to provide input on the conservations district's cost-share projects and other issues of importance.  Participating on the board also allows Dan to keep-up on rules, regulations, and new technologies.  Dan farms seed crops such as green beans, sugarsnap peas, and alfalfa.  In his spare time, Dan enjoys off-roading on his motorcycle or Side by Side (UTV), and bird hunting.  Born in Ellensburg, Dan moved to Moses Lake in 1952.
     Dave Stadelman has been on the board for over 35 years.  He likes being involved on the board as a way to lend his support in preserving agricultureal lands using the best agricultural practices.  Dave is a farmer and his current crops include beans, hay, corn, and carrot seed.  When he is not overseeing his farming responsibilities, Dave enjoys fishing and hunting.

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