Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Awards

The Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award is a joint effort of the Governor, Lt. Governor, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources to recognize the exemplary voluntary efforts of Iowa’s farmers as environmental leaders committed to healthy soils and improved water quality.

It recognizes those that have taken steps in their farming operations that improve or protect the environment and natural resources of our state while also serving as local leaders to encourage other farmers to follow in their footsteps by building success upon success.

As environmental leaders, these farmers have adopted best management practices and incorporated environmental stewardship throughout their farming operations. True stewards of the land, they recognize that improved water quality and soil sustainability reaps benefits that extend beyond their fields to reach the citizens of Iowa and beyond, and have made environmental stewardship a priority on their farms.

Nomination forms for Award Year 2021 are due Monday, May 3, 2021; nominations received after that date will be considered for Award Year 2022. The selection process will begin in May with final decisions made in June/July. The awards ceremony will be Wednesday, August 18, 2021 and will also honor the 2020 awardees.

Nomination form (coming soon)

Nomination Prep Printable Worksheet (coming soon)

Example of completed nomination form