Farmers are being reminded that nominations for the 2013 Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Awards are due by June 15, 2013. The annual award recognizes the efforts of Iowa's farmers as environmental leaders committed to healthy soils and improved water quality. Nomination forms can be found on the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship's website under "Hot Topics."
"These awards are an opportunity to recognize the many farmers that are taking significant voluntary steps to protect the soil and improve water quality here in Iowa," says Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad. "Iowa farmers take great pride in caring for the soil and water, and we want to lift them up as examples for other farmers to follow."
The award is a joint effort between the governor's office, the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The award seeks to recognize the exemplary voluntary actions of farmers that improve or protect the environment and natural resources of our state while also encouraging other farmers to follow in their footsteps by building success upon success.
Opportunity to recognize farmers who are taking significant voluntary steps to protect soil and water quality in Iowa
Farmers who are nominated should have made environmental stewardship a priority on their farm and adopted best management practices throughout their farming operation. As true stewards of the land, they recognize that improved water quality and soil sustainability reaps benefits that extend beyond their fields to citizens of Iowa and residents even further downstream. An appointed committee of representatives from both conservation and ag groups will review the nominations and select the winners.
The recipients will be recognized at the Iowa State Fair on Thursday, August 15 at the Penningroth Center. A lunch for award winners sponsored by Hagie will follow at the Farm Bureau shelter house on the fairgrounds.
The award was created in 2012 and 67 Iowa farm families were recognized during the inaugural award ceremony at the Iowa State Fair. Winners receive a certificate as well as a yard sign donated by Monsanto.