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Nominations Still Being Accepted for Leopold Conservation Award
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 07/22/2016

The deadline to apply for the Leopold Conservation Award is just around the corner. The Sand County Foundation and Wisconsin Farm Bureau are accepting applications for the $10,000 award through August 5.

Leopold Conservation Award. Given in honor of Aldo Leopold, the Leopold Conservation Award recognizes extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation, inspires other landowners in their communities through these examples and provides a visible forum where leaders from the agricultural community are recognized as conservation leaders outside of the industry.

In his 1949 influential book, A Sand County Almanac, Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage, which he called 'an evolutionary possibility and an ecological necessity.'

Other sponsors of the award include the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association; with additional support from The Mosaic Company, American Transmission Company, Badgerland Financial, WE Energies Foundation, Alliant Energy Foundation, and USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Last year's winners were David and Leslie Meuer. They a diversified livestock and crop operation in Calumet County. Jack and Pat Herricks, Cashton; Dick and Kim Cates, Spring Green; Jim and Valerie Hebbe, Princeton; Koepke Farms Inc. of Oconomowoc; and Joe Bragger, Independence, were also former winners of the award.

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