The Bulloch County Conservationist of the Year in soil and water for 2017 is Dannie Romaine Cartee, known to everyone as “Romaine.”
The Ogeechee River Soil & Water Conservation District, which is made up of Bulloch, Candler, Effingham, Evans, Screven, & Tatnall Counties recognizes one individual from each county, and their families, for their efforts and contributions to soil & water conservation. Cartee was honored during the District’s 67th Annual Banquet in June.
In an effort to protect natural resources, the Ogeechee District encourages landowners to use conservation tillage as a cropping system, to install terraces and grassed waterways to reduce soil erosion, and planting of grass or trees on highly erodible land to help protect streams.
Cartee is the first of three boys born to Linda Kinard Cartee and Dannie Cartee, born on Jan. 25, 1980 and he graduated from Portal High School in 1998.
Although having chores to do at a young age, he began doing real work in middle and high school alongside his father on the farm and for various cattle farmers in areas of Portal and Statesboro.
Cartee started his own business immediately following graduation at age 18 doing mostly cattle work, which lead him to his life's work. He now offers a cattle breeder service, herd health, marketing and pregnancy testing services. Cartee has approximately 125 clients in an area extending from Dublin to Augusta to Savannah.
His clients have herds from 5 to 500 head. The Cartee farm operation consist of approximately 200 mama cows, 500 acres of hay and pasture and 110 acres of row crops. He plants oats, forages for feed, millet, sorghum, and peanuts. Winter crops are rye, legumes and clover.
Romaine is married to his high school sweetheart, Tiffany Williams Cartee and they have two boys: Trace, 7, and Layton, 4.
“I have known his family as long as I can remember,” said Lee Deloach. “His father, Dannie Cartee leased our family farm for several years, back in the day. Romaine was always interested and active in the operation as a youngster. He built a fence about 20 years ago, which is still standing and keeping my cows in. I have been one of his clients for going on seven years and I rely on his consultation and advice concerning my small herd and farming operation.
Cartee has been active since 2009 in various USDA programs, in particular;
Environmental Quality Incentive Program known as "EQUIP" which he has completed 3 of 4 areas.
- Practices to provide clean drinking water,
- Fencing to exclude livestock from sensitive areas and rotational grazing.
Also involved in two Conservation Stewardship programs "CSP" that include 603 acres. One is completed, one is active. These include:
- Strip Till,
- Cover Crops,
- Nutrient Management,
- Over Seeding Legumes.
Cartee also serves as president of the Ogeechee Georgia Cattleman!s Association.