Commissioner Quarles Asks for Nominations for Kentucky Leopold Conservation Award

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Winner Will Earn $10,000 Prize for Conservation Leadership


FRANKFORT (January 4, 2019) — Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles invites Kentuckians to nominate a farmer or forester for the 2019 Kentucky Leopold Conservation Award.

The Leopold Conservation Award celebrates Kentucky farmers and foresters who go above and beyond in the care and management of natural resources,” Commissioner Quarles said. “The nominees carry on Kentucky’s proud tradition of conserving important resources while keeping their property productive and sustainable. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is proud to be a part of this program.”


Sand County Foundation, the nation’s leading voice for conservation of private land, presents the Leopold Conservation Award to private landowners in 14 states for extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. In Kentucky, the $10,000 award is presented with the Kentucky Agricultural Council and the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts.


Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the award recognizes landowners who inspire others with their dedication to land, water, and wildlife habitat management on private working land. In his influential 1949 book, “A Sand County Almanac,” Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage.


Nominations may be submitted on behalf of a landowner, or landowners may nominate themselves. The application can be found at


The application deadline date is April 1, 2019. The committee prefers application materials to be sent electronically to


Materials may be mailed to:


Leopold Conservation Award

c/o Franklin County Conservation District

103 Lakeview Court

Frankfort, KY 40601


The 2018 recipient of the award was Trunnell Family Farm from Utica.


The Kentucky Leopold Conservation Award is made possible thanks to the generous support and partnership of the Kentucky Agricultural Council; the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts; Kentucky Farm Bureau; the Kentucky Department of Agriculture; the Kentucky Corn Growers Association; the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources; the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; the Kentucky Woodland Owners Association; the Kentucky Tree Farm Committee; the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association; the AgriBusiness Association of Kentucky; Kentucky Pork Producers; The Nature Conservancy in Kentucky; and the U.S Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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