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Leopold Conservation Award comes to Mississippi

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An award that celebrates voluntary conservation efforts on farms, ranches, and forestland is coming to Mississippi.

The Leopold Conservation Award honors farmers, ranchers, and forestland owners who have gone above and beyond in their management of soil health, water quality, and wildlife habitats growing land. The award, which is named after renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, recognizes landowners who inspire others with their dedication to environmental improvement.

The honor is currently given out in 28 states with $10,000 going to each winner. Mississippi’s version of the Leopold Conservation Award is made possible through the support of Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, American Farmland Trust, Farm Families of Mississippi, Mississippi Association of Conservation Districts, Mississippi Soil and Water Conservation Commission, Sand County Foundation, and The Nature Conservancy.

“Mississippi farmers and ranchers have always been great stewards of this state’s natural resources,” Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation President Mike McCormick said. “This land and water are how our membership makes their living and provides the food, clothing, and shelter for Mississippi and beyond. We are proud to stand with these organizations to recognize farmers in our state who are going above and beyond to protect the resources for the next generation.”

Nominations for the Mississippi Leopold Conservation Award are now open until July 30, 2024. Applications can be emailed to award@sandcountyfoundation.org with the winner receiving the cash prize plus having their conservation success story featured in a national video.

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