During the closing ceremony of the annual conference of Indiana Soil & Water Conservation Districts, nine people and organizations were recognized for their efforts in protecting Indiana’s natural resources.
One of the nine recipients that were recognized for their efforts in protecting Indiana’s Natural resources went to Lake Maxinkuckee Environmental Fund, Marshall County, for their outreach and education in the community that encourages conservation practices and was awarded, Friend of Conservation Award (non-profit category).
Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, the conference was held online this year with over 400 attendees. Representatives from award sponsors, Brownfield Ag News, Indiana Farm Bureau and Indiana Prairie Farmer, were broadcasting live to honor these award recipients. The Conservation Farmer of the Year, Chalfant Family Farms, Inc., also participated live and answered questions from Kendall Culp, Vice President of Indiana Farm Bureau.
Joe Schmees, Executive Director of the Indiana Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts (IASWCD), emceed this ceremony and offered lighthearted congratulations to these hard-working districts, farmers and leaders.
Roger Wenning, the 2020 IASWCD Board President states, “This is one of my favorite parts of our annual conference. This is where we get to thank and congratulate these people and groups for their often-thankless work they do because they care. Our state receives so much benefit from their accomplishments and it’s nice to honor them for protecting water quality, building soil health and providing services to their communities.”