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Nominations Being Accepted for Leopold Conservation Award
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 04/22/2019

Sand County Foundation and Wisconsin Farm Bureau are now accepting applications for the $10,000 Leopold Conservation Award. Given in honor of Aldo Leopold, the program recognizes extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation, inspires other landowners in their communities through these examples and provides a visible forum where leaders from the agricultural community are recognized as conservation leaders outside of the industry.

In his 1949 influential book, A Sand County Almanac, Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage, which he called 'an evolutionary possibility and an ecological necessity.'

"This award showcases outstanding farmers who are going above and beyond to make sure they are protecting land and water resources for the next generation," said WFBF President Jim Holte. "I know many of our state's farmers have already implemented sustainable farming practices and could easily fit the criteria. I encourage all who are eligible to apply."

Other sponsors of the award include the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association; with additional support from American Transmission Company, Compeer Financial, We Energies Foundation, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board, Wisconsin Corn Growers Association, Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board, Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association, and McDonald's.

Last year's winner was David Geiser of New Holstein in Calumet County. His 100-cow dairy operation, Gold Star Dairy, was recognized for its manure storage facility rotational grazing system.

The deadline for nominations is August 5.

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