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Published October 28, 2009, 12:00 AM

Leroy and Debby Buse honored for conservation work

The Douglas Soil and Water Conservation District (DSWCD) board of supervisors recently selected Leroy and Debby Buse of Brandon as the 2009 Outstanding Conservationists for Douglas County.

The Douglas Soil and Water Conservation District (DSWCD) board of supervisors recently selected Leroy and Debby Buse of Brandon as the 2009 Outstanding Conservationists for Douglas County.

The Buses own a diversified hog and grain farm in the rolling hills of Brandon Township.

Some of the reasons they were selected for this award, according to DSWCD officials, are as follows:

They have planted shelterbelts, a Critical Area Planting, a Conservation Reserve Program riparian forest buffer on County Ditch 22.

They are working on a forest improvement stand and planning a shelterbelt east of their farmstead.

They use an annual rotation of corn-soybeans-wheat and installed their first sediment block in 1983.

They recently added 800 feet of terrace and a water/sediment control structure through the EQIP and Chippewa River Watershed Project.

The Buses are also enrolled in the EQIP pest management program.

In 1983, Leroy Buse installed an earthen manure pit with lot runoff control for his beef and hog operation. After selling the beef, he expanded to finishing an additional 1,200 hogs by constructing a total confinement hog operation with an under-barn concrete pit.

He is in the EQIP nutrient management program and uses no commercial fertilizer.

Leroy and Debby Buse are also active in the community. Leroy was a member of the Brandon FFA and went on to receive the “Star State Farmer” award. He has served nine years on the Pro-Ag Board.

Deb is active on and off the farm and is in charge of the other livestock. Those operations include registered American quarter horses, border collies and Russian Tsvetnay Bolonka dogs.

Leroy and Debby own and operate “Odyssey Steel and Trim” as well.

The Buse farmstead is striking and well manicured, according to DSWCD officials. Their beautiful shelterbelts add a peaceful quality to the rolling hillsides.

“Their crops are outstanding and reflect hard work and dedication,” noted DSWCD leaders. “They are well respected in the community through their conservation practices and community work. Leroy and Debby are super examples of agricultural entrepreneurs and richly deserve the 2009 Outstanding Conservationist Award for Douglas County.”

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