NRCS programs modify ag practices for wildlife, develop woodlot options

Sheri Sexton learned how to drive a tractor at age 8. She still enjoys fieldwork, as does her cab companion Chief, a miniature rat terrier. The 130-cow dairy also has farm dogs that stay out of the tractor. Sheri and Vince Sexton farm in Wabasha County with two of their five children; each plays a defined role in the operation. Sheri’s regular duties include preparing four total mixed ration (TMR) batches of feed a day. Photo Credits: Ann Wessel, BWSR
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On land near Oak Center, Sheri Sexton has made improvements that benefit wildlife, including planting 1 acre of pollinator habitat and installing a shallow water pool for wildlife, through NRCS’ Conservation Stewardship Program. Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) assistance from NRCS allowed Sexton to hire a licensed forester to write a woodland stewardship plan.
Sheri Sexton grew up on a farm near Lake City. She and her family now farm outside Plainview near West Albany.
Sheri and Vince Sexton sell bull calves and raise heifers on their Wabasha County dairy farm. Her duties include feeding the cattle; his include milking.

An agricultural family

Sheri Sexton once astounded a soil and water conservation district employee who was plotting out contour farming strips with her husband, Vince.

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