Leopold Conservation Award

Leopold Conservation Award (LCA) for Kentucky

2015 Kentucky Leopold Conservation Award presented May 28, 2015

Sand County Foundation (SCF) and the Kentucky Agricultural Council (KAC) have joined forces to inaugurate the Leopold Conservation Award (LCA) for Kentucky. The LCA recognizes farmers, ranchers, and other private landowners actively committed to living the legacy of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold. Recognizing extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation, the LCA inspires other landowners through award winners' examples, and helps the general public understand the vital role private landowners can and do play in conservation success. Kentucky is the first state east of the Mississippi to participate in this prestigious national conservation award. Other states currently participating are California, Colorado, Nebraska, Texas, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Turner Family Farms - Livermore, KY

2016 Kentucky Leopold Conservation Award Winners

Conservation ethics were instilled in Mark Turner at a young age while helping his father on the family farm. When Mark took over Turner Farms, he saw the negative effects on the land from the moldboard plow, and decided to purchase his first no-till drill in 1983. The farm is now no-till and cover cropped on every acre. At Turner Farms, Mark works alongside his wife June, his son and daughter-in-law Matthew and Hannah, and his daughter Leslie. The Turners raise chickens for Perdue and grow tobacco, pumpkins, grains and a variety of cover crops. Year-round cover cropping has led to improved soil structure, promoting water infiltration, weed suppression and proper plant growth. Mark also leaves grassy strips along his ditch areas to prevent erosion and nutrient loading into streams.

Jerry & Valarie Peery - Springhill Farm

2014 Kentucky Leopold Conservation Award Winners

Sand County Foundation and the Kentucky Agricultural Council (KAC) are proud to announce Springhill Farms as the recipient of the prestigious 2014 Kentucky Leopold Conservation Award®, which honors landowner achievement in voluntary stewardship and management of natural resources. Jerry & Valarie Peery own and operate Springhill Farms, a row crop operation in Clinton. With a history of seeking new technologies and methods for improving their farm, the Peerys began experimenting with no-till farming more than 40 years ago, before many farmers had considered it. Their conservation practices, combined with the use of precision farming technologies to manage inputs like seeds and fertilizer, have lowered overall operating costs while increasing crop production. At the same time, valuable habitat and forage has been maintained for many species of wildlife. The $10,000 Leopold Conservation Award is presented in honor of renowned conservationist and author Aldo Leopold, who called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage. Award applicants are judged based on their demonstration of improved resource conditions, innovation, long-term commitment to stewardship, sustained economic viability, community and civic leadership and multiple use benefits. Sand County Foundation and the Kentucky Agricultural Council presented the award at the American Farmland Trust National Convention in Lexington, October 21. "The Peery family's acceptance speech for the award was testimony to a lifetime of improving the economic and environmental sustainability of their land. As they increased their landholdings, they implemented more and more sustainable environmental practices. Their farm is emblematic of Leopold's belief that productivity is best when the environment is a prime focus," said Nancy Cox, Ph.D., Kentucky Ag Council President. The Leopold Conservation Award in Kentucky is made possible thanks to the generous support of Farm Credit Mid-America, Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Kentucky Farm Bureau, Monty's Plant and Soil Products, Natural Resources Conservation Service, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food & Environment, DuPont Pioneer, Farm Credit, The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation and The Mosaic Company. To learn more about the Kentucky Leopold Conservation Award®, visit leopoldconservationaward.org

Jon & Sylvia Bednarski - Sherwood Acres Farm

2013 Kentucky Leopold Conservation Award Winners

Visit the grassfed beef operation of our inaugural Kentucky Leopold Conservation Award recipients, the Bednarski family.

 

 

Charles Williams - West Wind Farm

2015 Kentucky Leopold Conservation Award Finalist

West Wind Farm Charles Williams is a Leopold Conservation Award Finalist for 2015.

 

 

Ronnie & Will Bowling - Old Homeplace Farm

2015 Kentucky Leopold Conservation Award Finalist

Old Homeplace Farm Ronnie & Will Bowling Leopold Conservation Award Finalist 2015

 

 

Harry and Karen Pelle - Tallow Creek Farm

2015 Kentucky Leopold Conservation Award Finalist

Tallow Creek Farm Harry and Karen Pelle Leopold Conservation Award Finalist 2015