Sanders is ‘Conservation Farmer of the Year’

Local rancher Guy Sanders is presented the “Conservation Farmer of the Year” award from the Dorcheat Soil and Water Conservation District. From left, SWCD board of supervisors Mickey Chandler, Gary Greene, David Lowe, Mrs. Harol Thompson, Sanders and Joe Robinson.

Guy Sanders has always been interested in agriculture.

As a young man, he spent time with his grandfather working cattle and learning about ranching. He was active in 4-H.

With his love of ranching, he went on to have a career in education teaching agriculture, volunteering his time and knowledge with 4-H and coaching for 30 years. He retired as principal at Central Elementary.

Since retirement, he has spent his time helping his children and grandchildren with 4-H projects showing hogs, cattle and sheep.

Currently, Sanders has several properties where he raises cattle and produces hay.

In his early years, he received assistance from the Soil Conservation Service and Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service for building a farm pond for his cattle.

In 2016, he applied for assistance with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to install a livestock pipeline, Heavy Use Area, watering facilities, fence and overseeded clover.

Sanders said NRCS has shown him a more innovative way to increase and sustain livestock production and promote quality forages. 

He remains active in the community where he attends pasture walks and workshops.

Sanders has been certified as a Master Cattleman, Beef Quality Assurance and a member of the Webster Cattleman’s Association and Louisiana Cattleman’s Association.

He recently received the Dorcheat Soil and Water Conservation District’s “Conservation Farmer of the Year” award.