Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Lieutenant Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey on May 29 announced establishment of the Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Awards to recognize the environmental efforts of Iowa farmers.
The three Iowa officials are currently seeking nominations of farmers who have taken significant steps to serve as local leaders in environmental stewardship on their farms using a variety of techniques and best management practices. Nominee's actions should merit recognition for leadership in advancing water quality and soil sustainability measures in Iowa agriculture.
"The governor and I are excited to have the opportunity to honor Iowa farmers who are true stewards of the land," said Reynolds. "It is important for Iowans to take proactive conservation methods to protect our great state so that future generations reap the benefits of Iowa fields. Agriculture is a tremendous asset to our state's economic environment and we must protect it."
Nominations are open until June 30, winners to be announced at Iowa State Fair
This award seeks to not only recognize farmers for their responsible choices, but also to encourage other farmers to follow in their footsteps by building success upon success.
"Iowa farmers take great pride in caring for the land and protecting Iowa's waters," Northey said. "I'm excited to join with the governor to recognize farmers who are leaders in environmental stewardship and conservation."
An appointed committee of representatives from both conservation and agricultural groups will annually review the nominations and select the winners. This year's recipients will be recognized at the 2012 Iowa State Fair on Friday, August 17. Nominations are open until June 30, 2012 and the form to fill out can be found here.