Leita earns award
The dedication to responsible land stewardship and agricultural excellence has earned John Leita of JML Farms the title of 2023 Conservation Farmer of the Year. This accolade, bestowed by the Soil & Water Conservation District, celebrates Leita’s commitment to sustainable farming practices that safeguard the environment and promote the health of the land.
The annual award recognizes farmers who demonstrate exceptional care for their land throughout the year. The Soil & Water Conservation District carefully evaluates candidates based on their approach to reducing wind and water erosion, enhancing soil health, minimizing the use of excessive nutrients and pesticides, and elevating both air and water quality.
Leita expressed his philosophy towards land stewardship, “I try to do the best I can with the land I am provided because they aren’t making more land, and it’s getting hard to come by. I take pride in taking care of it to the best of my ability and trying to improve my crops each year. I try to instill in my children the importance of taking care of the land so that we have it for generations to come.”
Leita’s dedication to cultivating a sustainable future is deeply intertwined with his role as a farmer. Leita’s journey towards conservation started with a commitment to preserving the health of the land he works on. He firmly believes that responsible land management not only benefits the immediate farming community but also contributes to the long-term well-being of the environment.
Reflecting on the recognition, Leita conveyed his enthusiasm, stating, “I was very excited. It makes you feel good about the time and effort you put in to make the property look good and well taken care of.” His enthusiasm resonates with a sentiment shared by many farmers who dedicate countless hours to tending their fields and ensuring a sustainable legacy.
Leita’s dedication serves as a beacon of hope for the agricultural community, reaffirming the vital role that farmers play in safeguarding our environment for generations to come.