Nominations are open through May 1 for the 2017 Iowa Conservation Farmer of the Year. The award, which was started in 1952, is a prestigious honor with a substantial prize; the statewide winner receives use of a new John Deere utility tractor for a year.

The award, co-sponsored by the Iowa Department of Ag and land Stewardship (IDALS) and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF), honors the Iowa farmer who has a proven track record of excellence in soil conservation and water quality improvements and is committed to continuing efforts that continuously improve the land and water.

A farmer can apply or be nominated for the award by sending a brief letter summarizing the nominee’s conservation efforts to the local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) by May 1.

The local SWCD will choose one nomination to advance for consideration for a regional award, and the nine regional award winners then compete for the overall award.

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