Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) recognized 28 members and their families who received the 2017 Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award during the Annual Grassroots Summit Awards Luncheon on Saturday.
This award is a joint effort between Governor Reynolds, Lieutenant Governor Gregg, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources. It was created to identify farmers who are committed to water quality and soil health. Each recipient has demonstrated excellent voluntary efforts to help keep Iowa’s water clean and our soils healthy. These individuals were also acknowledged during a ceremony held at the Iowa State Fair on August 19th.
ICGA membership selected are as follows:
Paul and Linda Beckman, Des Moines
Alan and LuAnn Bennett, Ida
Russ and Liz Davis, Sac & Calhoun
John Dingman, Lee
Roger and Susie Edwards (Ro-Sie View Farm), Louisa
Jim Goodhue and family, Warren
Chad Ingels, Fayette
Joe and Mary Jardon, Fremont & Montgomery
Eric & Annette Jellum (Jellum Farm), Mitchell
Bruce and Lisa Johnson, Mitchell
Wayne and Lisa Koehler, Floyd
Paul and Avriel Koester, Tama
Mike and Rhonda Leonard, Harrison
Steve and Ann Mallams (Mallams Inc), Henry
Duane & Karen Martin (Duane Martin Family Inc), Fayette
John and Joan Maxwell (Cinnamon Ridge Farms), Scott
Mike and Jon McClure, Dallas
Keith and Sharon Mensing, Adair
Moffitt Stock Farms, Warren
Jim and Mike Penick, Warren
Mark & Cindy Prevo (Prevo Farms Inc), Davis
Donald & Betty and Bruce & Deborah Richardson, Buena Vista
Julius and Cynthia Schaaf, Fremont
Mark and Melissa Schliesman (M&M Farms), Calhoun & Carroll & Sac
Leon Sheets (Sheets Farms), Chickasaw
Henry and Meri Kay Shepard, Black Hawk & Benton
Kenneth Sieren, Washington & Keokuk
Loran Steinlage, Fayette
This is just one of many examples of how ICGA is leading the way on Iowa’s water quality efforts. ICGA also offers its members a monthly Stewardship Advocate e-newsletter to help them stay up-to-date with news and events related to their farms. The program features monthly updates from Iowa Corn Sustainable Program Manager, Ben Gleason, and other experts on the topics of soil health, conservation and water quality. Go to, www.iowacorn.org/water for more information.
The Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB), works to develop and defend markets, fund research, and provide education about corn and corn products. The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) is a 7,500-member strong grassroots-driven organization, headquartered in Johnston, Iowa, serving members across the state, and lobbying on agricultural issues on behalf of its farmer members to create opportunities for long-term Iowa corn grower profitability. For more information, visit iowacorn.org.