INDIANAPOLIS -- Farmers from 63 farms in 48 Hoosier counties were acknowledged as top conservationists on Farmers' Day at the Indiana State Fair.
The award was presented on behalf of the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts and its 92 SWCDs by Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman, and Secretary of Agriculture and Indiana Farm Bureau President Don Villwock.
Also joining in the ceremony was IASWCD President Paula Baldwin and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist Jane Hardisty.
The ceremony took place at the 4-H Exhibit Hall auditorium attended by state and federal conservation partners, family and friends.
"We're pleased to honor these producers who work hard to protect our natural resources," Baldwin said.
Farmers are nominated locally by their county Soil and Water Conservation Districts. Local nominees for this year's award were Jon Nicoson and Don Loughmiller from Loughmiller Farms, Inc.
The goal of the award is to publicly recognize farmers who do an excellent job of managing their farms in an environmentally sound way that protects and improves Indiana's soil and water resources for future generations.
The award also seeks to publicize and promote best management farming practices that help improve water quality while maintaining and improving the economic viability of Hoosier agriculture.