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Iowa farmers, families recognized as environmental leaders at Iowa State Fair

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 11:04 a.m. CDT

Iowa soybean farmers were represented at the second annual Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award ceremony at the 2013 Iowa State Fair.

Sixty-two Iowa farmers and farm families — more than two-thirds were Iowa Soybean Association members — were recognized for their commitment to healthy soils and improved water quality. The awards are sponsored by Iowa Governor’s office, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The awards recognize farmers who serve as local leaders in environmental stewardship by utilizing a variety of techniques and best management practices. Examples include conservation tillage, restoring wetlands, installing grass waterways and using precision agriculture, among other things.

Award winners received a signed certificate from Gov. Terry Branstad and a metal sign donated by Monsanto commemorating the honor. Hagie Manufacturing, based in Clarion, hosted a catered lunch in honor of the winners, as well.

Branstad said the awards highlight agriculture and the great progress family farmers are making to improve the environment.

“Farmers are taking steps to protect soil and water, while increasing crop production to feed us,” Branstad said.

ISA’s Environmental Program and Services and On-Farm Network teams assist members in their environmental efforts, while helping them be as productive and profitable as possible.

The award winners for Osceola Sentinel-Tribune area included:

• Clarke: Terry and Lorie Bear

• Clarke: Kenlyn Kelso and Kyle Kelso

• Clarke and Decatur: Jim and Betty Sullivan Farms

• Clarke and Lucas: Jeff Pollard

• Decatur: Dick and Connie Hines

To learn more about ISA, go to www.iasoybeans.com.

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