Each SWCD can submit up to 2 nominees. Watershed organizations wishing to submit a nominee must submit the request to the appropriate county SWCD for consideration on their nominee. The River Friendly Farmer Award is given annually to producers whose best farm management practices protect Indiana’s soil and water resources. Since 2000, this has been awarded to over 900 Indiana farms.
The program is a collaborative effort of government agencies, agricultural organizations, Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) and farmers whose goals are to improve soil and water quality and restore and sustain human and wildlife habitat in Indiana’s watersheds.
The program is sponsored by the:• Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (IASWCD) and our 92 SWCDs,• Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc., • Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Division of Soil Conservation,• Purdue Cooperative Extension Service, and the • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
An awards ceremony honoring the nominees will be held on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 beginning at 1:00 PM at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, 4-H Exhibit Hall Auditorium. All nominees and their families, along with district staff and supervisors, and conservation partners and leaders, will be invited to join us in this celebration.