Chuck Heffern is winner of the rangeland award that will be given at the conservation district annual meeting Saturday evening. Wife Linda will also be recognized, as well as their sons, Chris, Clint and Colton, who all have played a role in what has transpired on the Heffern spread.
The Hefferns built their home on 80 acres south of Iola, not far from where he grew up. Theyve added ground since, some through purchases, other by lease agreements.
In the beginning, Heffern raised crops on a portion of the ground, but then turned his attention solely to a cow-calf operation which required him to clear the land and seed the cropland to grass.