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Fifty Hoosier farms recognized with state environmental award
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Fifty Indiana farms are now a part of a prestigious list of more than 300 Hoosier agriculture operations who have been recognized for outstanding farm management practices that protect our soil and water resources. They are the 2006 winners of the River Friendly Farmer Award handed out last week at a special ceremony at the Indiana State Fair.

Environmental stewardship is the focus behind the River Friendly Farmer Award, a program established in 1999. It is designed to recognize farmers who protect and enhance Indiana’s rivers, lakes and streams by using sound cropping and livestock management practices in their operations.

“This year’s winners represent 37 Indiana counties across the state,” said Gene Weaver, president, Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (IASWCD), one of the award sponsors.

Recipients were honored Aug. 16 at a ceremony held in the 4-H Exhibit Hall Auditorium on the Indiana State Fairgrounds. It was an appropriate venue considering it also was Farmers’ Day at the 150th Indiana State Fair. Joining Weaver in congratulating the 2006 winners were award presenters: Carol Hegel, second vice president, Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc., and Andy Miller, director, Indiana State Department of Agriculture.

Additional information on the award program is available by calling 317-692-7325 or

This farm news was published in the August 23, 2006 issue of Farm World, serving Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee.