Several Honored at Manchester Chamber’s Ag Luncheon

Several people involved in the ag community were honored Thursday at the Manchester Chamber’s Annual Ag Luncheon.

The Manchester Chamber’s Friend of Ag Award was presented to Jack Klaus. Klaus has spent the past decade serving as the Chamber Director, with plans to retire in May.

The Friend of Ag Award is given to a person who has worked outside the boundaries of their profession to promote agriculture in Delaware County, and Klaus has done just that.

The Delaware County Soil and Water Conservation District also presented several awards Thursday.

The Windbreak Award was give to Merlin and Carol Krapfl, who farm two miles southeast of Ryan. The Krapfls planted a five-row windbreak in the 1970s to help cut down on snowdrifts. The windbreak also reduces heating costs, attracts birds and beautifies their farm.

The Don Eibey Memorial Award was presented to Carl and Deb Vorwald, who farm a few miles northwest of New Vienna.

Vorwald says conservation is important to them.

And the Conservation Award was presented to the Paul and Julie Krogmann and Tom and Carol Krogmann families, who farm northeast of Manchester. The Krogmanns have implemented quite a few conservation practices, including no-till farming, which has drastically reduced soil erosion. The wildlife habitat and CRP land they’ve established also provides a home for such wildlife as deer, turkey and pheasants.