Rodney and Donna Fulton were selected as the 2015 Conservation Farm Family for Davidson County. This award recognizes farmers and farm families who are taking the initiative to implement sound, innovative and cost-effective conservation techniques and are actively involved in conservation education.
The Fultons farm is considered a model. Their farm is located in the northern area of the County. They were chosen for their willingness to try new practices, their leadership within the farming community, and their progressive thinking for incorporating technology with their cattle and poultry operations.
About the Farm/Practices
They have also installed many modern conservation practices and best management practices on the farm to address the natural resource concerns of the farm and to conserve and protect the soil and improve water quality. The farm is a member of the Davidson County Voluntary Agricultural District. The Fultons are diligent in maintaining the overall appearance of the farm and their property. They maintain 60-head of cattle and about 80,000 chickens. Their conservation practices include critical area planting, livestock exclusion, heavy use area protection at livestock water tanks, water pipelines, 4-water tank units, water storage structure, and a mortality incinerator. They manage 50 acres of hay, and 80 acres of rangeland/pasture.
The farm maintains a forest management plan on 30 acres of timber. Mrs. Fulton is an agricultural education teacher and have been an FFA Advisor since 1994, this has allowed the farm to serve as an educational site for local high school agricultural education programs. The Fultons have hosted cattle association field days and tours and served as a host work site for Agricultural Education Student Internships and Co-op work programs. The Fultons have served as advisors with agriculture and livestock related student projects. Both Rodney and Donna are graduates of North Carolina State University with agricultural degrees.
They were honored at our Annual Awards Banquet in September and was applauded for his conservation activities, stewardship, community leadership, education practices and conservation knowledge. Congratulations to the Rodney and Donna for being the 2015 Conservation Farm Family and thank you for helping protect our natural resources.