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Platner Named Livingston County SWCD 2019 Educator of the Year

The Livingston County Soil and Water Conservation Annual meeting was recently held and included two awards.

Randy Plattner is the 2019 Educator of the Year. Platner has been an Agriculture Teacher for 19 years, including the last three years in Chillicothe.  Before teaching, Platner managed 2,500 head of fat cattle and 40 Sows at a Farrow Finishing Operation. Platner says he enjoys teaching today’s youth on the importance of our natural resources and preserving them for future generations. He pushes his students to think outside of their own perspective for the Agriculture industry whether it be on; food production, or new technologies on the improvement of production.

The Conservationist of the Year is Price Farms.  Randy Price started farming in 1974, and his son Ben is also involved in Price Farms row-crop operation. Together they farm approximately 8,000 acres across Carroll, Linn and Livingston counties. They have done a number of conservation practices, including terraces, diversions, or ponds. Some of their projects have been completed with Cost-Share but, most were done out of pocket.

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