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Fuerstenau Farms, Mallard, Receives 2016 Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award

By Staff | Sep 13, 2016

ENVIRONMENTAL LEADER AWARD -- Fuerstenau Farms from Mallard received the Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award during the Iowa State Fair. Pictured (from the left)?Iowa DNR?Director Chuck Gipp, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, Brenda and Jerry Fuerstenau, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey. --submitted photo

DES MOINES — Gov. Terry E. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, Iowa Sec. of Agriculture Bill Northey and Iowa Department of Natural Resources Director Chuck Gipp presented 94 Iowa farm families with the Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award during a ceremony at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 17.

“It is a pleasure to have the chance every year to recognize Iowans and their families who go above and beyond to be good stewards of our land,” said Branstad. “Iowa farmers take pride in conservation efforts and preserving and protecting our water and natural resources. The Farm Environmental Leader award gives us all an opportunity to recognize their efforts.”

Reynolds added, “The passion and commitment exhibited by the farmers honored at this year’s Farm Environmental Leader awards was inspiring. The work they have done to protect our water quality and soil is exemplary. We know that across Iowa farmers are committed to protecting the land and we were pleased to be able to highlight the work of some farm families’ great work.”

The award is a joint effort between the Governor, Lt. Governor, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources to recognize the efforts of Iowa’s farmers as environmental leaders committed to healthy soils and improved water quality. It seeks to recognize the exemplary voluntary actions of farmers that improve or protect the environment and natural resources of our state while also encouraging other farmers to follow in their footsteps by building success upon success.

This is the fifth year for the award program and to date more than 400 families have received recognition.

“Iowa is a national leader in conservation and water quality efforts and these awards are an opportunity to recognize the farmers who are leading the way and highlight the significant investment they making to better care for our air, soil and water,” Northey said.

Winners were presented a certificate as well as a yard sign donated by Monsanto and a commemorative program provided by the Iowa Ag Water Alliance. Hagie Manufacturing sponsored a recognition luncheon following the ceremony. Bob Quinn from WHO Radio served as the Master of Ceremony.

All winners were chosen by a selection group representing both conservation and agricultural groups.