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Leopold Center accepting nominations for 2013 Spencer Award

Published: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 12:05 p.m. CST

AMES — The Leopold Center is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture, which honors people who have made a significant contribution to the ecological and economic stability of Iowa’s family farms.

You may nominate yourself or others for the award. Submit your nomination form, along with two letters of support, to the Leopold Center by June 3.

Since 2002, the Spencer Award has honored farmers, teachers, researchers and others who have shown a long-standing commitment to making agriculture sustainable and family farms more secure in Iowa. Nominees for the award should have a record of accomplishment in research, technical or practical advancement, or education.

The Spencer Award honors the beliefs, innovations and stewardship of Norman and Margaretha Spencer, who farmed near Sioux City for 40 years. The Spencers believed that it is the obligation of each generation to leave the world a healthier and better place for the next generation. The Spencer Award, administered by the Leopold Center, was created with an endowment from the Spencer family to serve as a lasting memorial. The award includes a $1,000 cash prize.

Download the nomination form and learn more about the Spencer Award at

The Leopold Center, established in 1987, supports the development of profitable farming systems that conserve natural resources with its education and research programs.