Farm Bureau members can nominate deserving farmers for the Conservation Farmer of the Year award, co-sponsored by the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. This recognition program began in 1952 and highlights the continuous voluntary conservation improvements made by all Iowa farmers, but focuses on regional and statewide winners.

The statewide winner this year will have the free use of a John Deere 6D Series utility tractor for up to 12 months courtesy of Van Wall Group. The award helps raise awareness of the great things all Iowa farmers do to conserve state soil and water resources. To nominate a farmer, write a brief (no more than 100 words) letter summarizing the individual’s conservation efforts and send it to your county Soil & Water Conservation District office before June 1.