Cox Farms is the Ramsey County SCD achievement winner for 2017. Mike and his bother Patrick run a Livestock and grain operation along the shores of Devils Lake. The Cox’s have been working to improve soil quality by reducing tillage and adding cover crops to their already diverse rotation, and are participants in the 49th Parallel Cover Crop Project : “How Far North Can We Grow”. They have utilized the EQIP, Water Bank and CSP program to add protection to their feedlot and farmstead with Windbreaks, increase food and cover for wildlife, and maintain water quality through the many buffer areas on their farm. The Ramsey County Soil Conservation District looks forward to continue working with Mike and Patrick as they continue to be good stewards of the land.