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Nominations Still Being Accepted for Leopold Conservation Award
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 06/12/2018

Sand County Foundation and the Wisconsin Farm Bureau are continuing to accept 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.'

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

Last year's winner was Dan Brick of Brickstead Dairy near Greenleaf in Brown County. His operation has 900 cows and cover crops such as wheat or winter rye to ensure the ground is continuously covered to prevent erosion.

The deadline for nominations is August 4.

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