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.

 DV Farms Inc., Dave & Verna Kiel and Jon and Crystal Kiel.  Their farm is located west of Orange City.  They raise corn and soybeans, pasture graze cows and calves each year.  For the last five years, the Kiels’ have used cover crops on all of their 320 crop acres. They use a wide variety of cover crops to improve soil health. Their recent adoption of no-till was also motivated by improved soil health, but also the cost reductions compared to conventional tillage. There were 15,410 feet of terraces built between the years of 1976 and 1978 in section 34 of West Branch Township.  They also have a wildlife area established on this farm in 1980.  There were 8,570 feet of terraces build between 1977 and 1981 in section 35 of West Branch Township.  There are 40 acres next to the West Branch of the Floyd River seeded down to native grasses under the CRP wellhead protection program.

 

Harlan & Bertha Lammers of Maurice.  The Lammers’ farm is northwest of Maurice.  Harlan has been no-tilling both corn and beans since 2007 on all the acres he farms.  He also contours and has filter strips.

 

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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