Marshall Alford farms in Decatur County. He is a lifelong farmer who started no-tilling in 1985. He is a supervisor for the Dearborn County Soil and Water Conservation District. The soybean, corn and wheat farmer has used cover crops for over 20 years. He also utilizes grassed waterways, filter strips, grid soil sampling and nutrient and pest management into his conservation arsenal. This helps to control erosion and water runoff on all of his farms. Alford also hosts no-till and cover crops field days for the SWCD. Alford believes these field days are excellent resources for farmers to see first hand the results of this conservation management tool. He also attends the National No-till Conference. Alford received the River Friendly Farmer award in 2007 for his conservation activities.