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Awarded for his conservation


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Organic farming can take a lot of work, but it has its rewards. Just ask Robert Boettcher, who works Rob-An Farms about 15 miles west of Big Sandy with his wife and son, An and Earl.

The National Soil and Water Conservation Society has rewarded Boettcher for his work in conservation with an award, which he will receive on July 17 in Indianapolis.

"It all started with sunflowers," Boettcher said.

He said he got the idea from Ben Lund, who also farms near Big Sandy. After Lund looked into raising sunflowers, Boettcher started raising the crop in 1978, he said. The Boettchers bought their farm...

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