The ceremony took place on Farmer's Day at the 4-H Exhibit Hall auditorium in a ceremony attended by state and federal conservation partners, family and friends.
"As the Indiana State Fair celebrates the Year of Trees during the fair's 12-day run, this is a perfect time to recognize Hoosier farmers for the conservation practices they implement day-in and day-out to protect our valuable natural resources," President of the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Jim Droege said.
The two Clay County farmers honored this year were James Casassa and William and Victor Morris.
"Farmers use many conservation practices to reduce soil erosion on cropland and protect water quality," Droege said.
"Trees also play an important role in the conservation Best Management Practice tool kit as riparian forest buffers to improve water quality, providing critical wildlife habitat areas, and certainly by providing oxygen for all of us.
"One acre of young trees supplies enough oxygen to keep 18 people alive. Perhaps trees' most important role for farmers and all of us is holding soil in place, providing a key soil erosion prevention tool," Droege added.
River Friendly Farmer award winners are nominated locally by their county Soil and Water Conservation District.
For additional information on the awards, contact the IASWCD at 317-692-7325.