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.

 Kirk & Diane Den Herder.  Kirk is 100 percent no-till and utilizes some cover crops in his operation.  The home farm is located southeast of Sioux Center. He put in a CRP windbreak across from the road from where he lives.  He put in a waste storage structure for his livestock operation and uses nutrient management practices.  He also farms another farm northwest of Maurice and he maintains 11,250 feet of terraces on that farm that were built in the 1980’s, and there is also a 4.5 acre CRP riparian buffer on that farm. 

 Lyle Schuetz.  Lyle farms south of Alton.  The home place has 8,750 feet of terraces built in 1989.  Across the road from the home place, another 4,910 feet of terraces were built in 1981, and 7,650 feet were built in 1990.  On another farm, 5.700 feet of terraces were built in 2006, 1,050 feet were built in 2013, and 4,200 feet were built in 2014.  3.5 acres of waterways were built in 2006, and 1.8 acres of waterway was built in 2012. On another farm, 5,850 feet of terraces were built in 2016.

 

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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