Milton-Freewater grower named 'Cooperator of the Year' by district

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MILTON-FREEWATER -- A family-owned fruit-growing business has been named "2011 Cooperator of the Year" by the Umatilla County Soil & Water Conservation District.

Earl Brown & Sons of Milton-Freewater was chosen for the award due to its dedication to the land, stewardship, conservation practices and community involvement, said Corrie Hadley, conservation district agriculture resource specialist,.

In a release, Hadley said the business "has evolved into a third-generation, award-winning farming entity with a strong commitment to environmental awareness and sustainability."

The company will be recognized at the district's annual meeting March 1 at the Legion Hall in Milton-Freewater.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and due to limited seating, people wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to the conservation district at 541-276-8131 or email agrs@eotnet.net.

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