Montna wins award for conservation efforts
Appeal Democrat • December 09, 2010 11:46:49 PM
By embracing solar panels, flooding his fields for wildlife habitat and setting aside acreage into California’s first wildlife-friendly agriculture easement, Sutter County rice grower Al Montna has been recognized for practicing exemplary land stewardship and management.
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“Sand County Foundation presents its Leopold Conservation Award to a private landowner who exemplifies the spirit of this emerging land ethic – an individual or a family who translates their deep abiding love for the land by leaving their land better than they found it.” …Sand County Foundation
Leopold Conservation Award 2010
By Ashley Gebb
, Appeal Democrat • February 13, 2009 12:09:16 AM
The sun isn’t just helping grow rice at Montna Farms — it is drying the grains, too.
The farming operation has partnered with MMA Renewable Ventures and SolarCity to help get off the grid. Montna Farms, which is one of the largest suppliers of short-grain rice in the United States, plans to supply 65 percent of its energy needs with two acres of solar panels.
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Handing Down the Family Farm: A living legacy
By Kate Campbell • June 8, 2006
“With sprawl eating up 2 million acres of undeveloped land a year, family like the Montnas in Sutter County work to protect wildlife habitat while continuing to farm. In the future, Nicole Montna Van Vleck and Michelle Vogt will operate the family’s farms in accordance with easement requirements for wildlife habitat conservation. The family has a diversified farming operation that includes drying and shipping rice.”
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California Farmer • Building Trust wins Al Montna Agriculturalist of the Year.
By Kathy Coatney, July 2004
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