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Iowa farmers honored with environmental award

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

Eighty-eight families won the Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award at the State Fair.

The award is sponsored by Gov. Branstad, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship & the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. It recognizes the efforts of farmers protecting water and soil quality.

“It's no secret that Iowa has a strong agriculture industry, as our state's farmers provide food, biofuels and fiber to families in Iowa and around the world," Branstad said. "Farmers take pride in the work they do and also take pride in conservation efforts, preserving and protecting our natural resources. The Farm Environmental Leader award gives us all an opportunity to recognize their efforts as exceptional leaders."

This is the third time the award has been present. More than 200 families have been honored to date.

“Iowa is a national leader in conservation and water quality efforts and it is important that we recognize the farmers who are making a significant investment in conservation efforts and serving as example in how we can continue to better care for our air, soil and water,” said Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey.

All winners were chosen by a selection group representing both conservation and agricultural groups. For pictures of all the winners, click here.

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