Farming is a way of life in Lewis County, and the Lewis Conservation District is looking to help make sustainable farming easier for county residents, according to Veterans Conservation Corps intern Chris Volmert.
A U.S. Army veteran, he currently works with the district to help coordinate its no-till drill seeder rental program, which it has now managed for three years, Volmert said.
No-till farming is growing in popularity as it has multiple benefits for farmers who engage in the practice, Volmert said. Originally, the conservation district only had a 10-foot no-till seed drill, but, due to its size, it required farmers to have a big enough tractor to tow it, limiting who could use it.
Now, a 6-foot no-till seed drill is also available for farmers with smaller tractors and smaller plots of land.