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Iowa farm families that have completed soil and water work now have a shot at winning the Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig and Department of Natural Resources Director Kayla Lyon opened nominations on Jan. 7. Nominations will be accepted until May 4, 2020.
Nominated farmers and farm family members should have strived to improve water quality or soil health. These farmers should demonstrate best practices in farm operations to ensure the quality of land away from the farm and downstream. Nominees must also be actively leading in the farm community.
The farm that wins the 2020 Farm Environmental Leader Award will be honored in a ceremony at the Iowa State Fair.
“Iowa farmers have been feeding and fueling the world for generations, and are leaders in conservation. They go above and beyond improving water quality and soil health, serving as a model for others to follow. The 2020 Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Awards is one way we say thank you, and recognize farmers for all they do," Reynolds said in a statement.