Roric and Deb Paulman of Lincoln County, Nebraska
In 1985, Roric and Deb Paulman left Omaha and returned to the family farm in Sutherland, Nebraska. Shortly after they returned, Roric’s father unexpectedly passed away. They were a young couple with two babies, thrown into a whirlwind. Out of the fog emerged Paulman Farms; a custom farming operation. They have, with the help of many, grown their operation to look as it does today.
Conservation, you had to have your plan approved; “highly erodible,” “farmable wetlands,” all became part of your vocabulary if you were to qualify for program compliance. Habitat management captured acres. It was a natural fit to integrate the same kind of thinking to all of the acres. Recently, a good friend of the Paulman’s said, “good conservation will not happen without economic benefit”. With those words echoing in the background, many of the initiatives on their farm in water and land resource management can be quantified in energy and input cost savings.
Technology has led the way. GPS/RTK, variable rate irrigation, capacitance moisture probes, are just a few of the many tools. In an effort to get the word out beyond their fence lines, the Paulman’s have hosted demonstrations, meetings, and interaction with UNL students. The Nebraska Water Balance Alliance is an organization that has afforded them the opportunity to be involved at the state and federal level in decision making that will impact agriculture. This group provides a forum for discussion of new and innovative ideas for resource management. As a founding member, Roric believes that what has made this an exciting affiliation is the diversity of the NEWBA stakeholders and the collaborative efforts towards resource management for the benefit of all Nebraskans.
Deb and Roric would like to thank the many people who have spent countless hours planting and caring for the trees, shrubs, and grass. John Nelson always seemed to be giving Roric heck about weeds and mowing a strip so when he placed hand plants, he didn’t get sandbur and foxtail in his shoe laces, and Charles Grow out in the tree rows hand hoeing and raking the debris out of the conservation mulch. They amongst many are truly the reason the Paulman’s have been successful in their partnership with the Twin Platte NRD.