Area farmers and farm families are being encouraged to submit their nominations for the Leopold Conservation Award.
Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles says that the annual award, which recognizes a Kentucky farmer or forester who is a great steward of the land, is given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold. He adds that the $10,000 award honors Kentucky farmers and other private landowners who voluntarily demonstrate outstanding stewardship and management of natural resources. In 2019 the award was given to Munfordville resident Dr. James W. Middleton.
Quarles notes that the Kentucky Department of Agriculture contributes $3,000 toward the award with money from the Ag Tag Fund, which is funded through voluntary donations from farmers when they buy or renew their farm vehicle license plates.
He states that nominations must be submitted by April 1st and can be mailed or sent electronically, with the award to be presented at the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts Convention on July 7th in Lexington.
For mail in nominations mail to Leopold Conservation Award, c/o Franklin County Conservation District, 103 Lakeview Court, Frankfort, KY 40601. Send all email nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Leopold Conservation Award you can click here.