Farm Progress

Five area finalists will be selected from across the state and will be recognized at the annual Farm Science Review.

March 24, 2017

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2016 WINNERS: The Ohio Department of Agriculture recognized five Conservation Farm Family Award winners at Farm Science Review in September 2016 and is looking for nominations for 2017. Pictured are (back row, left to right): Jason Bower, sales representative for ADS Hancor Inc.; Jennifer Kiel, editor of Ohio Farmer; Yvonne Lesicko, executive vice president of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation; Kris Swartz, president of the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts; Kirk Hines, chief of the ODA Division of Soil and Water Conservation; Mark Smith, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; and Tim Shoemaker, Area 5 winner. Front row (left to right): William and Shauna Wilkins, Area 4 winners; Betty Jo and Robert Lill, Area 1 winners; Lowell and Cara Wolff, Area 2 winners; Sandy Shoemaker, Area 5 winner; and Karen and Edward Bay, Area 3 winners.

The deadline is May 17 to nominate worthy Ohio families for the 2017 Conservation Farm Family Award, sponsored by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. The Conservation Farm Family Award program has recognized Ohio farm families since 1984 for their efforts in managing natural and human resources while meeting both production and conservation goals. 

Five area finalists will be selected from across the state and will be recognized at the annual Farm Science Review in September. They will also receive a $400 award, courtesy of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, and be featured in the September issue of Ohio Farmer magazine.

Individual farmers, partnerships or family farm corporations are eligible for nomination, provided a substantial portion of their income is derived from farming. An individual can self-nominate; however, a majority of applicants are nominated by local soil and water conservation districts. The judging is based on the nominee's use of new and traditional conservation techniques, comprehensive management, individual initiative in applying conservation measures and the nominee’s willingness to share conservation information, experiences and philosophy with others.  

The nomination form is available online. Questions about the application can be directed to Emily Heppner. This year’s nomination form can either be emailed to [email protected] or submitted by mail to:

Conservation Farm Family Award, C/O Ohio Department of Agriculture, 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, OH 43608. Nominations are due May 17.

The awards program is sponsored by the ODA Division of Soil and Water Conservation, Ohio Farmer magazine, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Source: Ohio Department of Agriculture

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