The Johnston Soil and Water Conservation District has named the Jerry Durham family its 2016 Conservation Farm Family.
Jerry Durham is a lifelong farmer with his son, Dennis. Theirs was one of the first farming operations in Johnston County to use the no-till practice to help conserve the farm’s soil.
In addition to their long-term use of no-till, the Durhams have installed grassed waterways, practiced crop rotation on a regular basis and taken part in the new soil-health campaign by planting a mixture of grasses and legumes as cover crops.
Also, the Durhams have converted much of their highly erodible land into grasses and legumes to prevent soil erosion.