Dorn Cox, local farmer and SCCD supervisor, receives national conservation award

We are very happy to share that Dorn Cox has received an award at this year’s National Association of Conservation District’s (NACD) annual meeting held in Nashville, Tennessee. Dorn received the inaugural Hugh Hammond Bennett Excellence in Conservation Award. Cox serves as the vice-chair of the Strafford County Conservation District and is vice president of the New Hampshire Association of Conservation Districts. Cox is a NACD Soil Health Champion, a pioneer of the Resource Stewardship Evaluation Tool (RSET), FarmOS, and emphasizes conservation outreach and education efforts. (for more on the awards click here)

NACD’s Soil Health Champion network was started in 2015 to promote soil education and outreach. You can learn more about this network, and find webinars they offer on their website.

Dorn has been a leader in a new collaboration effort in New Hampshire called the Soil Health Working Group. This group is comprised of NRCS staff, District Managers, UNH Cooperative Extension and NHACD staff. Currently, they are working on no-till cover cropping projects throughout the state. Last year, with funding from an NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG), three new roller crimper planters were delivered to New Hampshire, and we are in the process of ordering a fourth. Simultaneously, NRCS staff have been working with farmers across the state on seed mix trials for cover crops.

Dorn shares “I am deeply humbled and honored by this award. I would like to accept it on behalf of all the soil health efforts across the country- especially my friends in New Hampshire (NHACD and NRCS), Maine and New York!  It is astonishing how much we have accomplished over the last decade, and yet Soil Health is a multi-generational team sport, a shared human endeavour – And we are just getting  started!”

I look forward to what we accomplish when we harness the on-farm innovation and inspiration yet to come!  Thank you”

Congratulations Dorn!