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Tom Flowers received the Master Conservationist Award last week at the annual meeting of the Shelby County Conservation District, which was held at the Shelby County Extension Office.
The award is given to property owners who have been considered to have achieved more than 90 percent of the best management practices for conserving natural resources on their farms.
Flowers’ farm, located on La Grange Road, was purchased in the 1960s by the late Lewis Flowers, Tom’s father, and is owned by Flowers and his wife, Ginger and his mother, Rebecca.
The farm encompasses 700 acres, with 140 head of beef cattle, as well as hay and grain. Flowers also sells hay to area livestock farmers.
Tom Flowers participates in the federal EQUIP and CSP programs with NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service), as well as Kentucky State Cost Share and local cost share to accomplish the best management practices to conserve natural resources such as soil, water, air, trees and wildlife on his farm.