Iowa soybean farmers were among those presented with the Environmental Leader Award at a ceremony during the Iowa State Fair.
Eighty-eight farmers and their families were recognized for their commitment to improving water quality and maintaining healthy soil. More than half of the farmers recognized are members of the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA).
“These farmers are leaders in their ideas and their practices,” said Roger Wolf, ISA Environmental Programs and Services Director. “Taking care of the natural resources on their farms will have a big impact on the future of farming.”
Producers who receive this honor have implemented conservation practices on their farms allowing them to improve and protect Iowa’s natural resources and the environment. They are also community leaders and promote their practices to other farmers. The awards are sponsored by the Iowa Governor’s office, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Former ISA director Jim Andrews was on the award selection committee.
All award winners received a signed certificate from Gov. Terry Branstad, a metal sign donated by Monsanto commemorating the honor and a commemorative program from The Nature Conservancy. After the ceremony Hagie Manufacturing, based in Clarion, hosted a catered lunch in honor of the winners.
“Congratulations to all the winners and thank you for your dedication to improving our natural resources,” Wolf said.
ISA’s Environmental Programs and Services and On-Farm Network teams assist members to improve their natural resource management and implement environmentally sound cropping systems.
ISA member winners are (listed alphabetically by county):
Adair: Randy, Janalee and Merritt Caviness; Senivac, Inc.
Black Hawk: Blake Hollis; Lanchaven Farms, Inc.
Black Hawk: Nick & Nancy Meier
Buena Vista/Cherokee: Tracy and Donna Bengston
Buena Vista/Pocahontas County: Richard & Deboney Langner
Butler: Dennis and Merlette Cassmann
Carroll: Larry and Theresa Greving; Greving Family Farm
Clarke/Madison: Chad & Ryan Pontier; Pontier Farms
Clay: Chuck & Kevin White
Clayton/Allamakee: Rob & Mary Sass
Dallas: Douglas & Rhonda Volz
Davis: Ward Family, Steve & Sonya, Ryan & Brianna, Richard & Phyllis; Ward Farms
Des Moines/Henry: Brad Dodds; Dodds Family Farm
Dickinson: Scott Mitchell
Fremont: Kilpatrick Family Farms
Greene: Donald Gibson
Grundy: Harvin & Esther Meyer; Meydan Farms
Guthrie: Dennis & Jacque Hoover; Cripple Creek Farm Corporation
Hancock/Cerro Gordo: Wayne & Val Koehler
Henry: Jeff and Gayle Olson
Humboldt/Webster: Doug & Kim Adams
Ida: James B. Irwin
Jackson: Knake Farms, Inc.
Jasper: Gordon Wassenaar
Jasper/Marion: Ward Van Dyke
Kossuth/Humboldt: Alan & Andrew Laubenthal
Lucas: Mike & Nicke Hunter; Hunter Brothers, Inc.
Madison/Clarke/Warren: Tim Palmer Family Farm
Marion: Vernon and Eleanor Boot; LC Farms
Marion/Mahaska: Cliff, Sheryl & Scott Mulder; Mulder Farms
Mitchell: Mike & Gayle Heimer; Foothill Farms, Inc.
Mitchell: Dean A. & Lucinda A. Sponheim
Montgomery: Bill & Margaret Thomas
O’Brien: Bruce & Carol Rohwer
Palo Alto: Jim Stillman; Generations Farm
Sac: Lynn & Joy Smith, Seth & Loretta Smith
Story: Hermanson Family; Woodland Farms Inc.
Washington: Dennis D. Berger & Son, Inc.
Washington: Jim Cuddeback; Cuddeback Farms, Inc.
Washington: Joel and Laura Huber; Huber Crops and Chops, Inc.
Webster: AJ & Kellie Blair
Woodbury/Cherokee: Roger & John Wilcox; Wilcox Farms, Inc.
Wright: Jerry and Jan Blackman, Luella Brotherton; Brotherton Family Trust
Wright: Duncan & Lillian Campbell; Campbell Family Farms
Wright/Humboldt: Gary & Shannon Fisher, Jim Fisher, Annette Watts; F&F Farms Ltd.
Wright/Humboldt: Mattew J. & Oksana Siefker