Washington County farmers, ranchers honored at City-Farm Banquet

Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 at 12:35 PM.

Keller was born in 1927 and grew up on a family farm in the northern part of Illinois, said emcee and Washington County Extension Office Director Andy Andreasen.

While in high school he participated in FFA and raised Duroc hogs for show in the county fair. In 1942, he won Grand Champion of all Breeds in the Sandwich Illinois Fair.

In 1968, the Keller family relocated to the Hinson Crossroads area of Washington County Florida where they predominantly raised soybeans and winter wheat. While clearing land and planting crops, Keller hired many different high school boys to help plow, plant and harvest the crops. He appreciated their hard work and commitment to the farm both then and now. One of these "high school boys," Glen Weber, later leased the land to raise cattle.
“In the early 1990’s, Mr. Keller planted slash pines on 300 plus acres of the farm. Through the years he has tried to follow effective soil and water conservation measures to produce the highest timber yield while protecting the land and wildlife,” Andreasen said. He maintains drainage ditches across the farm while implementing prescribed burns and timely thinning on the pine tree farm. Keller takes great pride in improving the farm while enjoying the beauty of the forest and wildlife.

He says he "just likes to watch the trees grow." He even checks the tree diameter growth each year to measure the progress and development of his timber, Andreasen said.

Terrell Reeder — Conservationist of the Year

Terrell Reeder was named 2012 Conservationist of the Year. The award was presented by the Orange Hill Soil and Water Conservation District.

“Terrell Reeder was brought up during a time when many households in Northwest Florida relied upon having an oversized garden in order to feed a large family,” said Andreasen.

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