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.

Nathan & Rachel Ronsiek of Hawarden were chosen as the Outstanding Conservation Farmers in 2021.  Nathan was also chosen as the Region 1 Iowa Soil Conservation Awards Program Winner.  Nathan & Rachel Ronsiek farm 828 acres of cropland and manage 69 acres of pasture.  They have a cow-calf operations which they graze on pasture.  A farmsted windbreak was planted in 1970.  No-till system was started in 2006 with EQIP funding.  They plant corn-bean-alfalfa rotation and use cover crops.  14,900 feet of narrowbase terraces were installed from 1986-1990, and 2,950 feet of narrowbase terraces were installed 1998.  Another 3500’ terraces installed in 1993.  18,550 feet of terraces were installed 1987-1991.  16,550 feet of terraces built in 2013 with EQIP Funding.  Two 1 acre CRP waterways were established and a 12 acre filter strip in 2014.  Nathan started his own business “Ronsiek Seed Solutions.” 

 

Nathan & Rachel Ronsiek with their children Jeremiah, Levi, Lynzie, and Mariah

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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