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Honoring innovative land management in Missouri

Honoring innovative land management in Missouri


By Blake Jackson

Missouri Farmers Care, a coalition of agricultural groups, is accepting applications for a new award honoring sustainable farming practice. The Missouri Agriculture Stewardship Award recognizes farmers and ranchers who excel in managing land, resources, and animals.

The award highlights the important role Missouri's farmers play in conservation. With 93% of the state's land in private hands, farmers are crucial stewards of the environment. Winners will be chosen based on their innovative and responsible land management practices.

"This award recognizes the best of the best," said Jeff Houts, chairman of Missouri Farmers Care. "We hope it inspires others to adopt these practices across the state."

The award continues the tradition of recognizing Missouri's leading agricultural stewards. Previously, Missouri Farmers Care partnered with others to present the Missouri Leopold Conservation Award. The new award focuses specifically on production practices that promote sustainability.

"Missouri Corn is proud to support this program," said Matt Lambert, chairman of the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council. "We hope it inspires others and showcases the strides farmers are making in protecting natural resources."

The winner of the 2025 award will be announced at winter agricultural conferences. They will receive a $5,000 honorarium, invitations to speak at events, and the opportunity to host a tour showcasing their successful conservation methods.

The award is supported by organizations like the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council, the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Missouri farmers and ranchers can mail to Missouri Farmers Care Foundation, 19171 State Highway 11, Kirksville, MO 63501. All applications must be submitted or postmarked by June 30, 2024.

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