ELLENDALE, ND — The 2021 Sand Ranch of North Dakota Leopold Conservation Award recipient, owner Brad Sand, will be featured during the awards tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, August 9, near Ellendale. Tour topics include rotational grazing, crop rotation, cover crops and soil health.
The August 9 tour is open to the public and lunch will be provided. A donation of $20 is appreciated. An RSVP is required for the tour by Friday, August 5, for
. Tour participants are encouraged to dress appropriate for the weather and walking, and to bring water, insect repellent, and a blanket or chairs.
The 700-acre Sand Ranch is located in the Drift Prairie, home to some of the best grassland and low-pressure prairie pothole swamps on the North American continent.
Sand started breeding in 1974.
“I do animal husbandry because I love everything about it,” he said. “I like to use livestock to manage the resource. »
Sand has used her land as an educational tool for visitors from across the state. As a mentor for the North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition, Sand voluntarily responds to calls and emails from farmers, ranchers, and conservation biologists regarding pasture management and soil health.
The North Dakota Leopold Conservation Award honors the achievements of North Dakota landowners in the voluntary stewardship and management of natural resources. The award is presented by the Sand County Foundation in partnership with the North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition, the North Dakota Association of Soil Conservation Districts, the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association and the American Farmland Trust.
For more information, email [email protected] or call 701-355-4458.