Wallaces Farmer presented the 2022 Iowa Master Farmer awards during the annual awards program and luncheon, held March 30 at the Iowa FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny, Iowa.
This year’s winners include:
- John Heisdorffer, Keokuk County
- Jeff Jorgenson, Fremont County
- Mark Mueller, Benton County
- Keith Sexton, Calhoun County
- Paul Kassel, who received the Exceptional Service Award
In 2020, the awards luncheon was canceled due to the pandemic, and those awards were presented at a fall gathering in 2021. This year’s awards program was back to normal, and many past winners and dignitaries were in attendance.
The program started in the morning with a presentation by Iowa farmers Kellie Blair of Dayton and Bryan Sievers of Stockton on Iowa Smart Agriculture and how they are making changes and improvements on their farms to be more self-sufficient and profitable.
Following lunch, first gentleman Kevin Reynolds read a letter from Gov. Kim Reynolds sharing her thoughts and congratulations to the Master Farmers, as she was unable to attend. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig discussed the importance of Iowa’s agriculture and farming legacy.
Take a look at some of the pictures from this year’s awards program.