Jimmy is a long time resident of Leedey, OK. He is the third generation on the family farm in Dewey County. He and his wife Ginger have been farming and ranching together since 1980. They have a diverse 2000 acre cropping operation growing wheat, soybeans, sesame, sunflowers, irrigated dairy alfalfa hay, canola, grain sorghum and several cover crops for seed.
Jimmy and Ginger also have a 250 cow/calf herd and take in yearling cattle for custom grazing on the nearly 6000 acres of native range. Ginger is the primary cattle manager in the operation. The Emmons’ utilize their range and forage resources grown on the crops ground to keep the native grasses and soils healthy to maximize biological diversity and animal health.
Jimmy has been monitoring soil health with soil testing since 2012 utilizing cover crops to enhance soil health. He is currently involved a multi-year water holding capacity study examining water use of cover crops. Jimmy is also using companion crops with sorghum, pollinator attracting strips, and adaptive multi-paddock grazing.
Jimmy and Ginger are the inaugural Leopold Conservation Award winners for Oklahoma. The Sand County Foundation gives the award in recognition of agricultural landowners actively committed to a land ethic. This certainly describes the Emmons’ efforts.
Jimmy is the current President of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, the Vice-President of the Dewey County Conservation District, Secretary of the Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association