The Toole County Conservationist District would like to recognize Jason Samsal as Conservationist of the Year for 2019.
Samsal grew up farming and ranching and now raises crops and livestock on his operation. His management decisions reflect a forward-thinking mindset, investing in both the land and the people of the community. Notably, he uses a diverse and intense cropping rotation that keeps the soil resource protected from erosion.
He re-crops, he seeks to diversify his crop rotation growing small grains, pulse crops, as well as cover crops. While participating in USDA conservation programs, he routinely implemented practices beyond the minimum required levels and amounts, and thus demonstrated his commitment to conservation.
Samsal has grown some remarkable cover crops, with one year’s turnips reaching the size of dinner plates. He has been able to graze the cover crops and reduce grazing pressure on his native range acres.
On the rangeland that Samsal does graze, he has taken steps to control leafy spurge and Canada thistle including the use of biological control and bugs in sensitive areas along slopes and around saturated, spring fed soils. He is not afraid to think outside the box when it comes to conservation on the land. An example of this is seen where Samsal also built a fence to protect sand rocks with historic pictographs in order to keep livestock from rubbing on and destroying the carvings.
On top of these stewardship efforts, Samsal has employed area kids on his farm, investing not only in the land, but also in the community youth as well.
His actions are sowing into the future generations and the natural resources of Toole County and are why the Toole County Conservation District would like to recognize him as Conservationist of the Year for 2019.