Jarad Weber of Donnellson (center) and his wife Hollie (second from left) received a plaque and a set of keys to a John Deere 6E utility tractor as their prize for being selected as Iowa’s Conservation Farmer of the Year. Jarad received the keys from Jason Steffensmeier (second from right), his local John Deere sales representative at Sinclair Tractor in Houghton, who will deliver the tractor. The prize is sponsored by Van Wall Equipment in Perry, who was represented by Mark See, corporate equipment manager (right), and John Deere. Also pictured is Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig (left). The annual award is co-sponsored by the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. The award was presented at the Conservation Districts of Iowa annual meeting in Ames August 19. As the 2019 award winner, Weber, who farms in Lee County in southeast Iowa, receives free use of a John Deere 6E Series utility tractor for up to 12 months or 200 hours of use, a prize valued at more than $12,000. Learn more about Jarad’s conservation work at this link: https://www.iowafarmbureau.com/Article/A-conservation-legacy. (Photo by Rick Robinson)