Join Dudley "Joe" and Marian Smith as they host this year's celebration of Conservation Observance Day in Augusta.
The event will kick off at 8:15 a.m. from the main tent site on the west edge of Augusta, just off of Highway 12.
The day will include tours of their farm and a neighboring trout stream, lunch and presentations at the main tent site, followed by a tour of Bush Bros. Bean's waste-water treatment facility.
Conservation displays and exhibits will also be available throughout the day at the event tent. The Smith Family was recognized by the Wisconsin Land + Water Conservation Association as the state's Conservation Farmer of the Year at its annual convention in March. The award reflects upon the Smith's total farm conservation accomplishments, leadership, community involvement and conservation education, which has spanned the past 5 decades.
The morning tours will include on-farm presentations on no-till, cover crops, soil health and the Smith's conservation farm management.
The tour continues with presentations at a nearby trout stream. Following the morning tours will be a lunch with presentations.
Scheduled to appear is the 67th Alice in Dairyland, Zoey Brooks.
Another tour is scheduled for the afternoon to view Bush Bros. Bean's waste-water treatment facility.
The tours, lunch and presentations are free and open to the public. The tours will be held outside; rain or shine.
The event is sponsored by Eau Claire County Land Conservation, Wisconsin Land + Water Conservation Association and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.
The mission of county Land Conservation Committees and Departments is to help landowners and users conserve and maintain the state's limited land base and soil productivity, as well as its lakes, streams and groundwater.