June 10, 2009 Edition

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LawCo.'s Farm Family
of Year is 'living green'

John Bland
Publisher

One of the major themes for 2009 is "living green." The media and countless organizations continue to encourage us to live green by recycling and eliminating general waste of energy and other resources. "Living green" is really just new lingo for good conservation or the catch phrase to "reduce, reuse and recycle."

We believe Lawrence County's 2009 Farm Family of the Year is the essence of living green, and if an award were given for that, they would be a top contender in Arkansas.

Father and son cattle farmers Charles and Trent Geurin and their families are the 2009 Lawrence County Farm Family of the Year.

Charles and Verda Geurin of Lynn have two grown children, Trent and Debbie. Trent and his wife, Patricia, have four children, Amanda, Aaron, Trevor and Miranda. Debbie and her husband, Terry Smith, have two daughters, Heather and April.

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Check out some of these quick facts that show how the Geurins live green.

  • The Geurins use the rotation grazing system to make better use of the grass and allow each field a period of rest.

  • After they harvest wheat to use for cattle feed, they bale and use or sell the straw, rather than burning it.

  • Manure accumulated during the wintertime feeding is gathered and set aside to use as fertilizer.

  • Stock ponds on the cattle farms capture adequate water for the cattle, and trees have been set out to help reduce erosion caused by the river or creek. To further help reduce erosion, the Geurins no longer till land near the river. That land is used for growing hay.

  • The Charles Geurins converted an old television console into a mantle to house a gas-burning log fireplace.

  • Trent and sons cut their own wood to use in an outside wood furnace that heats their house in the winter and is used for heating their water all year.

  • The boys and their father also hunt, which provides a variety of meat that is frozen for future use.

These are just some of the ways the Guerins "live green" or practice good conservation, which both protects their land and controls unnecessary spending.

Read all about the Geurins in the special Farm Family of the Year section in this edition. We thank the Geurins for the fine example they set, and we also thank all the advertisers and sponsors who make this Farm Family salute possible.

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