Awards Program

An Annual Awards Banquet and Program is held in August to recognize landowners who have done outstanding work in soil conservation, windbreak establishment, and wildlife habitat development. Students who win at the Region 1 and State Poster Contest competition receive their certificates and cash prizes at the awards banquet as well.
 
Iowa Soil Conservation Awards Program

The Iowa Soil Conservation Awards Program (ISCAP) encourages better land use programs and environmental control on the farm. The District enters Division 1, family-operated farms or owner-operated farms on which the owner-operator has established and maintained the most complete conservation program as determined by the land use program and soil conservation practices adopted.The Iowa Soil Conservation Awards Program (ISCAP) encourages better land use programs and environmental control on the farm. The District enters Division 1, family-operated farms or owner-operated farms on which the owner-operator has established and maintained the most complete conservation program as determined by the land use program and soil conservation practices adopted.

 Don Jan Swiss Inc., Daryl & Marla De Groot of Hull own and operate land in section 24 of Lincoln Township north of Hull. A waste storage facility with sand settling lane was built in 2002. A comprehensive nutrient management plan that addresses the handling, storage, and application of animal waste in an environmentally safe manor is implemented. A diversified rotation with corn, beans, oats, and alfalfa is used including no-till into cover crops. A grass waterway was constructed in 1997 and then 3,200 feet of terraces were constructed on this farm in 2006. On land they rent in section 22 of Lincoln Township, a total of 9,000 feet of terraces were constructed 2012 and 2015. 3 water and sediment control basins were installed in 2015.

 

Roger & Kathleen Hawkins of Le Mars own and operate land in sections 23 & 31 of Washington Township, south and west of Ireton. They have constructed a total of 17,600 feet of terraces, and they have construction two CRP waterways. The waterway constructed in 2002 contains a rock chute outlet. They no-till both their corn and beans. They also planted cover crops in 2015.

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Iowa Soil Conservation Awards Program
Izaak Walton League of American Windbreak Awards Program
Wildlife Habitat Award
Tony Pottebaum Windbreak Award
Conservation Teacher of the Year
Iowa Environmental Leaders