For the past 17 years, we have been pleased to work with the Spencer family to present this award to deserving Iowans in agriculture. Many of the Spencer Award (nomination form) winners have been farmers who were shining examples of how to use a variety of conservation practices to make their land and operations more sustainable — and leave the land in great shape to pass on to their families. Past Spencer Award winners included an ISU agronomy professor, an extension educator, a research farm manager and a USDA scientist who has been a pioneer in cover crop research and promotion.
What they ALL have in common is a desire to improve Iowa’s landscape, albeit in very different ways. Some lead by example, showing their fellow farmers what will work on their land and how. Others have promoted local food production, organic farm products, or sustainably raised livestock. Some work in the field, others in the lab and still others offer education and mentoring to their peers.
If you know someone who fits into any of these categories (or you are such a person), please consider applying for the 2018 Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture.
The nomination may be submitted using this electronic form. Please send your nominations for the Spencer Award to the Leopold Center by June 16, 2018.