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 Environmental Leaders

The Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Awards is a joint effort of the Governor, Lt. Governor, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources to recognize the exemplary voluntary efforts of Iowa’s farmers as environmental leaders committed to healthy soils and improved water quality.

It recognizes those that have taken steps in their farming operations that improve or protect the environment and natural resources of our state while also serving as local leaders to encourage other farmers to follow in their footsteps by building success upon success.

As environmental leaders, these farmers have adopted best management practices and incorporated environmental stewardship throughout their farming operations. True stewards of the land, they recognize that improved water quality and soil sustainability reaps benefits that extend beyond their fields to reach the citizens of Iowa and beyond, and have made environmental stewardship a priority on their farms.

Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Awards were presented during a ceremony at the Iowa State Fair on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. Sioux County Recipients of the Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award in 2018 are Daryl & Marla De Groot (DON JAN SWISS) of Hull. Roger & Kathleen Hawkins, Le Mars (Sioux & Plymouth Counties), and David & Jonathan Kiel, Orange City (No Photo Available).


                                Roger & Kathleen Hawkins & Family - Le Mars                                                                   


Daryl & Marla De Groot (Don Jan Swiss Inc.) Hull                                                                

David & Jonathan Kiel

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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