Paula Mohr, editor of The Farmer magazine, received the 2013 MASWCD Media Award from the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (MASWCD). Paula was presented the award by Mike Jorgenson, West Central Area 2 Director, Monday, Dec. 2, at the MASWCD annual convention in Bloomington. The MASWCD is a non-profit organization that represents the soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs) of Minnesota www.maswcd.org/index.htm. They provide training and leadership to SWCDs, and a common voice to communicate their efforts to other agencies, partners, and legislators.
Paula received this award for extraordinary coverage of conservation issues, practices, and achievements in The Farmer. There is a section dedicated to conservation in each issue and Paula often writes feature articles that cover “hot” topics such as soil health, water conservation, new programs, and legislative issues. Recent examples include her coverage of the new Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program and a soil health and cover crop field day that was held last fall near Richmond. She also makes sure that each of the State and Area MASWCD “Outstanding Conservationist” award winners are able to tell their own
personal conservation story in every January issue.
The Stearns County SWCD nominated Mohr for the award. “The Farmer magazine is a tremendous asset to producers regarding conservation information,” said Chuck Uphoff, Chair of the Stearns County SWCD and Stearns County dairy farmer. “We were very happy to see her receive this recognition”.
Paula grew up on a Michigan dairy farm and has a degree in agriculture and natural resources communication. She worked for a small daily newspaper, a public relations firm, and national dairy magazine before becoming Editor of The Farmer in 2004. She and husband Joel have been married for 32 years and have three children.
Paula Mohr was presented the 2013 MASWCD Media award by Mike Jorgenson, Area 2 Director from Big Stone SWCD. Submitted photo.