At the Iowa State Fair this year, the Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Awards Program was held on Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Penningroth Center. This is the second year of the awards that honor farmers who are exemplary in volunteer actions to improve or protect the environment and natural resources. There were 62 farm families recognized this year for their efforts, including nine of Iowa Learning Farms farmer partners. Honored farmer partners not pictured include Nathan and Sarah Anderson, Cherokee; Arliss and Jacqueline Nielson, Woolstock; Sam and Julie Spellman, Woodward.
Pictured with the families (left to right): Macenzie Rubin, Monsanto; Chuck Gipp, Iowa DNR director; Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Ag; Gov. Terry Branstad; and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds.