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Nominations for the 2015 award were due June 8, 2015.
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The Spencer Award honors the beliefs, innovations and stewardship of Norman and Margaretha Spencer, who farmed near Sioux City for 40 years. It serves as a lasting memorial to the Spencers, who believed that it is the obligation of each generation to leave the world a better and healtheir place for the next generation.
The award was established in 2001 by an endowment from the Spencer family, and is administered by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University. The 2015 award includes a $1,000 cash prize.
Read a tribute to Norm and Margaretha Spencer [PDF].
Anyone who has made significant contributions to the advancement of ecological and economic practices that will make agriculture sustainable and the family farm secure for the future. This can include individuals, agricultural organizations, researchers, or educators. The contributions must have broader implications for the resilience of Iowa agriculture—extending the nominee’s reach beyond the lab, classroom or individual farm.
You may apply for the Spencer Award or be nominated by others. Agricultural organizations are strongly encouraged to submit nominations to highlight the achievements of their members. Nominees must have:
Complete the Nomination Form and return it to the Leopold Center with two letters of support.
2015 nomination form [PDF]
Nominations must be received by June 8, 2015.
Contact Mary Adams, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, 209 Curtiss Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011-1050; Fax: (515) 294-9696; or e-mail (with Spencer Award nom as subject line): firstname.lastname@example.org