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016 Master Conservationist Award announced

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The Nelson County Conservation District named Justin Hahn its Master Conservationist. This award honors those farm owners who have applied and maintained 90 percent of all government and voluntary conservation practices on their farm.

Justin was born and brought up in Chaplin. He has spent his entire life in Chaplin, farming alongside his father. He is married to Augusta, and they have one son, Anthony Raylan.

Hahn and his wife own and operate 95 acres, which they purchased in March 2013. In a partnership with his father, he arms approximately 440 acres — 220 acres of hay, 70 acres of cropland and 150 acres of pasture and woodland. Hahn also runs a 70 cow/calf operation.

In August 2015, he entered into a Government Land Treatment Contract, under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, in which land practices are installed to resolve environmental resource concerns, such as manure, forage and livestock management concerns. With technical assistance from the Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, he successfully completed the contract in July 2016. In that two year period, Justin installed three watering facilities, 4,215 feet of pipeline, 2,520 sq. feet of heavy use area, 1,405 feet of interior fencing and 9,700 feet of exterior fencing. He also completed five acres of seeding, 42 acres of prescribed grazing and 12 acres of access control.

Hahn also received cost share through the County Agriculture Investment Program. With assistance from the Nelson County Conservation District, he constructed a hoop barn, a shed and a cattle facility. He also installed two watering facilities, 3,800 feet of pipeline and 3,800 feet of fence.