Leopold Center extends time for Spencer Award nominations through July 5

June 20, 2022

AMES, Iowa — The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture has extended the request for nominations for the 2022 the Spencer Award through July 5, 2022.

The purpose of the Spencer Award is to recognize significant contributions to the advancement of ecological and economic practices that will make agriculture more sustainable and the family farm secure for the future, in memory of Norman and Margaretha Spencer, Iowa farmers who believed it is the obligation of each generation to leave the world a better and healthier place for the future.

If you know a worthy candidate, or if you are such a person, submit a nomination for the 2022 Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture by July 5. Review the Award Nomination Form for details on how to submit the required materials.

“The application is easy to complete, and your small investment of time might mean a lot to a deserving nominee,” said Leopold Center Interim Director Stephen Dinsmore.

The Spencer family established the award in 2001 through an endowment, which will provide $2,000 in cash prize funding in 2022.

Past recipients have included farmers and landowners, professors, extension educators, farm managers and USDA scientists who have been pioneers in sustainable research and promotion. For the first time, in consultation with the Spencer Family, eligibility for the award is now also open to graduate students from any Iowa educational institution who have demonstrated commitment to furthering sustainable, agroecologically sound agricultural practices, above and beyond routine studies.

The Spencer Award honors Norman and Margaretha Spencer, who farmed in Woodbury County for 40 years. Learn more about the Spencer family and past award-winners at: www.leopold.iastate.edu/spencer-award.