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Hartels honored with Environmental Stewardship Award
The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) presented the 2017 Environmental Stewardship Award to LeMoine and Clarice Hartel of Watford City, N.D., during the NDSA’s 88th Annual Convention & Trade Show, “Boots on the Ground,” in Fargo, N.D., on Sept. 23.
The Hartels utilize a variety of holistic management concepts, including no-till farming practices, twice-over grazing systems and cover crops to manage their 4,500-acre farming and ranching operation. The couple believes in raising quality cattle and taking care of the land.
The Hartels have devoted more than 40 years to improving soil health while maintaining a sustainable livestock operation. The land is the second oldest no-till land in McKenzie County.
LeMoine and Clarice Hartel have one vision with their cattle operation – to protect and improve their land. LeMoine attributes most of their success to paying attention, keeping records and striving for quality. Their main concern is how many head of cattle the land can support, which is why rotational grazing is so important to them. They are able to run more cattle on the land and produce the same calf weights, he said.
The Hartel Ranch is located on the outskirts of the Badlands and in the heart of the Bakken. The soil in this area is highly erodible. Many years of tilling this soil decreased its organic matter levels to below two percent. This is what led the couple to implement no-till in 1996. No-till, along with cover crops, has doubled the organic matter in some of their fields. It has also resulted in a dramatic increase in the area wildlife population, with increased numbers of mule deer, pheasants, partridges, ducks and geese on the ranch.
“On behalf of the Stockmen’s Association, I want to congratulate the Hartels for their achievement. Like cattlemen and cattlewomen across this great state, they take their commitment to the land, air and water resources in their care very seriously.”
As North Dakota state winners, the Hartels will compete next for the regional Environmental Stewardship Award honor against winners from South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas. If successful there, they will move on to the national competition.
Clarice and Lemoine Hartel of Watford City, N.D., were recognized for their commitment to lhe land, air and water resources as the North Dakota Stockmen's Association's Environmental Stewardship Award Program winners at the organization's annual convention recently.
They are pictured here with Terrry Steinwand (left) of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, one of the program's long-time sponsors.