Farmers Recognized for Conservation

At the Iowa State Fair, Iowa leaders joined to recognize farmers paving the way for conservation.
There are 94 winners of the Iowa Farm Environmental Leader award, which recognizes the efforts of Iowa farmers committing to improving soil and water quality.
Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey says the award highlights farmers going above and beyond, helping Iowa lead the way using voluntary conservation practices.
One award winner, Huxley farmer Charles Hellend, was trying to improve water quality and control erosion on family's 155 year old farm.
He's already seen benefits, "We see a lot less water flowing down the hills. We don't see dirt in the snow drifts in the winter anymore like we did when we were young and I think the water's getting cleaner."
Templeton farmer Gene Langel grows mostly corn and beans with his wife Trisha. He's been no-tilling for 15 years and has added terraces and buffer strips.
Gene says yields are just as good and the hard spring rains leaves their soil intact, "Less trips over the field and less compaction and I think the big thing was when roundup ready corn and beans eliminated the need for cultivation, like years ago."
Langel adds it helps future generations by doing conservation now.