DNR Names Kent County Duo Farmer of the Year
The Maryland Wildlife Advisory Commission named the father/son team of F. Tyler and Webb Johnson 2012 Farmer of the Year December 9 at the Maryland Farm Bureau Convention in Ocean City. The Johnsons, who reside near Chestertown, sustainably manage farms totaling more than 2,300 acres in Kent County.
“The Johnsons have carried out an impressive array of conservation practices for many years,” said Marian Fry, Kent County Farm Bureau board member. “Since the purchase of the farm from elder family members in 1992, the Johnsons have continuously applied environmental and wildlife practices that put the farm at the forefront of conservation.”
The family has partnered with a variety of State and local agencies to implement best management practices in land conservation and stewardship, efforts that improve water quality for the Chesapeake Bay. The Johnsons use sustainable row crop agricultural practices, and progressive wildlife measures that help maintain an abundance of habitat.
Additionally, Both Tyler and Webb Johnson actively promote hunting and operate a guided service that helps others enjoy the rich hunting traditions associated with the Eastern Shore.
The Maryland Wildlife Advisory Commission was created by legislation to advise the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on wildlife matters. The Commission works closely with the Maryland Farm Bureau to give the annual Farmer of the Year award to one of the many Maryland farm families that use innovative and progressive ways to provide for sound wildlife conservation on their land.