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Lake Family Farms to Earn 2019 Leopold Conservation Award
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 11/08/2019

A Dunn County farm family has been chosen as the tenth recipient of Wisconsin's Leopold Conservation Award. Lake Family Farms, owned by Jeff and Kelly Lake of Boyceville, will be recognized in December during the annual meeting of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation in Wisconsin Dells. They will also be given a $10,000 cash prize and a Leopold crystal for demonstrating responsible stewardship and management of natural resources.

The Lakes grow 1,500 acres of corn, soybeans, snap beans, kidney beans and alfalfa with no-till cultivation practices. To provide wildlife habitat and gain efficiencies, some marginal cropland has been converted into grass and full-season cover crops. Soil samples are taken to prevent over application of fertilizer. These efforts earned Lake the first-ever Precision Agriculture Farmer of the Year award from Pheasants Forever.

The award is being sponsored at the state level by the WFBF, along with the Sand County Foundation, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association and other contributors.

Lake Family Farms was one of three finalists for the Leopold Conservation Award this year. The others were Bill Ciolkosz of Thorp and John & Dorothy Priske from Fall River.

Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the Leopold Conservation Award recognizes extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. It inspires other landowners through these examples and provides a visible forum where farmers, ranchers and other private landowners are recognized as conservation leaders.

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