The Ohio Department of Agriculture is accepting nominations to honor Ohio farm families who are leaders in conservation for the 2016 Conservation Farm Family Awards. Nominations must be submitted by May 20.
“Many Ohio farmers are committed to conservation, and we want to honor them for efforts they have made to protect Ohio’s natural resources,” said ODA Director David T. Daniels. “With these awards, ODA is able to recognize farmers who have taken extra steps toward protecting the land using conservation practices they have implemented on their own farms.”
The Conservation Farm Family Award program has recognized Ohio farm families since 1984 for their efforts in managing natural and human resources while meeting both production and conservation goals. Individual farmers, partnerships or family farm corporations are eligible for nomination, provided a substantial portion of their income is derived from farming. The judging is based on the nominee’s use of new and traditional conservation techniques, comprehensive management, individual initiative in applying conservation measures and the nominee’s willingness to share conservation information, experiences and philosophy with others.
Five area finalists will be selected from across the state and will be recognized at the annual Farm Science Review in September. They also will receive a $400 award, courtesy of Ohio Farm Bureau, and be featured in the September issue of Ohio Farmer Magazine.
Nomination forms can be obtained from local county soil and water conservation districts or by visiting ODA’s website. The forms can be submitted by email to [email protected] or by mail to Ohio Farmer Magazine, C/O Ohio Department of Agriculture 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43608. The forms must be returned by May 20. The awards program is sponsored by the ODA Division of Soil and Water Conservation, Ohio Farmer magazine, Ohio Farm Bureau, Hancor Inc., Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Pictured above are the 2015 Conservation Farm Family Award winners. Photo courtesy of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.