Johnston County

Conservation District salutes Durham family

Shown are, from left: front row – Steven, Lanie and Jackson Durham, the children of Melanie and Dennis Durham; and back row – Melanie and Dennis Durham and Jerry and Ann Durham.
Shown are, from left: front row – Steven, Lanie and Jackson Durham, the children of Melanie and Dennis Durham; and back row – Melanie and Dennis Durham and Jerry and Ann Durham. JOHNSTON SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT

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.

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