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Leopold Conservation Award Program Seeks Nominees in Kentucky

Contact:  Steve Coleman, 502-330-5044
               Chris Schellpfeffer, 608-663-4605 x 31

Frankfort, Ky.– (April 23, 2014) Sand County Foundation and the Kentucky Agricultural Council (KAC) are accepting applications for the $10,000 Leopold Conservation Award program in Kentucky. The award honors Kentucky farmers, ranchers and other private landowners who voluntarily demonstrate outstanding stewardship and management of natural resources.

“Landowners throughout Kentucky are committed to the enhancement of the state’s rich and diverse landscape,” said Sand County Foundation President, Brent Haglund. “Their conservation work benefits us all.”

Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the Leopold Conservation Award recognizes extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. It inspires other landowners through these examples and provides a visible forum where farmers, ranchers and other private landowners are recognized as conservation leaders. In his influential 1949 book, “A Sand County Almanac,” Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage, which he called “an evolutionary possibility and an ecological necessity.”

"The Kentucky Agricultural Council is proud to be part of the Leopold Conservation Award program,” said Kentucky Agricultural Council Chairman, Nancy Cox. “Last year’s winners were Jon and Sylvia Bednarski, who set a high standard for stewardship of natural resources on their farm. There aremany more agricultural producers in Kentucky, who are outstanding stewards of our natural resources, who are will deserving of this recognition. KAC is happy again to partner with Sand County Foundation to bring this prestigious award to Kentucky in 2014. This award will allow us to celebrate and learn from the examples of Kentucky farmers who have taken a thoughtful approach to conservation and stewardship of our land.”

Nominations must be postmarked by July 31, 2014, and mailed to Leopold Conservation Award, c/o Franklin County Conservation District, 103 Lakeview Court, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601.

The award will be presented at an event to be announced later this year.

The Kentucky Leopold Conservation Award is made possible thanks to the generous support of The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Farm Credit, DuPont Pioneer and The Mosaic Company.

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The Leopold Conservation Award is a competitive award that recognizes landowner achievement in voluntary conservation. The award consists of a crystal sculpture depicting Aldo Leopold and a check for $10,000. Sand County Foundation will present Leopold Conservation Awards in California, Colorado, Kentucky, Nebraska, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Sand County Foundation ( is a private, non-profit conservation group dedicated to working with private landowners to improve habitat on their land. Sand County’s mission is to advance the use of ethical and scientifically sound land management practices and partnerships for the benefit of people and their rural landscapes.

ABOUT THE KENTUCKY AGRICULTURAL COUNCILThe Kentucky Agricultural Council (KAC) is a 501(c)(3) organization consisting of some 80 agricultural organizations representing all sectors of Kentucky agriculture. The membership is composed of commodity groups, state and federal agricultural organizations, agricultural trade organizations and the state’s institutions of higher education that serve Kentucky agriculture.  The KAC functions as an umbrella group and hub for its members, disseminating information and promoting coordination among all agricultural organizations and sectors.  Since 2006, the KAC also has served as the “steward of strategic planning” for the future of Kentucky agriculture and Kentucky’s rural communities.


LEOPOLD CONSERVATION AWARD - Call for Applications Kentucky 2014