To: Iowa’s agricultural researchers, extension workers, educators and farmers
From: Mark Rasmussen, Leopold Center director
RE: 2018 Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture
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 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
include 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.
Please submit the nomination using this electronic form
, either as a paper copy mailed to the address below or as an electronic document emailed with Spencer Award in the subject line, to me by June 16, 2018
Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
209 Curtiss Hall
513 Farm House Lane
Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011-1054
About the Spencer family
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 award includes a $1,000 cash prize.
Read a tribute to Norm and Margaretha Spencer [PDF].