Iowa Learning Farms farmer partner Tim Smith, Eagle Grove, was recognized yesterday, Oct. 26, in Washington D.C. as one of 12 individuals who are working for change in agriculture. The group was recognized as the White House Champions of Change for Sustainable and Climate-Smart Agriculture.
From the news release:
These individuals were selected by the White House for their achievements and will be honored for exemplary leadership and innovation in agricultural production and education. The Champions have helped implement agricultural practices that promote soil health and energy efficiency, improve water quality, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Climate change can no longer be seen as a distant threat. It is already impacting forest, grassland, and cropland systems in the United States, and is threatening agricultural producers and their communities. These Champions understand the challenges our nation is facing from a changing climate and are taking steps to build resilience to the impacts of climate change, which also protects their bottom line. The program will feature remarks by United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.
The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals who are doing extraordinary things to inspire and empower members of their communities. To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program, visit www.whitehouse.gov/champions.
Those recognized include:
Anita Adalja – Washington, D.C.
William “Buddy” Allen – Tunica, Mississippi
Keith Berns – Bladen, Nebraska
Larry Cundall – Glendo, Wyoming
Herman “Trey” Hill – Rock Hall, Maryland
Loretta Jaus – Gibbon, Minnesota
Martin Kleinschmit – Hartington, Nebraska
Jennifer “Jiff” Martin – Storrs, Connecticut
Jesus Sanchez – Fresno, California
Erin Fitzgerald Sexson – Rosemont, Illinois
Timothy Smith – Eagle Grove, Iowa
Donald Tyler – Beech Bluff, Tennessee
To learn more about what Tim is doing on his farm, listen to his episode of the Conservation Chat podcast. He is doing some great things.