A local farmer spent his whole life trying to erase soil erosion on his property.

Francis Peed was rewarded for his efforts Thursday when he accepted the 2017 Franklin County Conservation District’s Bankers Award for soil conservation at Celebration Hall on the Franklin County Fairgrounds.

Peed said the award means a lot to him.

“You try to do the best you can with terraces and no till to control everything,” Peed said. “You want to leave it better than you find it. I have done this all my life. We switched to no till 14-15 years ago. We have been building terraces and waterways. We are trying to control the erosion.”

Kyle Peine, Goppert State Service Bank, Pomona, introduced and presented the awards to the Bankers Award recipient.

He said farming in is Peed’s DNA. Peed is a third-generation farmer on his property.

“The farm where he was raised has been in the family for over 100 years,” Peine said. “It began with his grandfather, Neil Peed. Neil tended the lands and passed it on to his son, Charles Peed. Charles farmed and maintained it all of his life. All these years later, his son, Francis, is the caretaker of the family farmland.”

Peed said his grandparents gave him his start by helping him purchase 80 acres when he was a high school junior. Peed said at the time, he was helping his father.

“I have been doing this all my life.” he said.

Peine said Peed through the years purchased additional land and rents some as well.

“Francis has always taken steps to control soil erosion and improve the land,” Peine said.

Peed plants 900 acres of row crops, mainly soybeans and corn and runs a 140-pair cow calf operation, Peine said.

“Francis has worked with the local conservation district and the NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service) to establish conservation plans and administer the conservation work needed to control active sheet and gully erosion,” Peine said.

Peed’s son, Chad, also is involved on the farm.