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Looking for a few sustainable farmers to vie for $10,000 award

It was announced last week that the Sand County Foundation, California Farm Bureau Federation and Sustainable Conservation are actively looking for potential nominees for this year’s California Leopold Conservation Award.

The $10,000 award recognizes “California farmers and ranchers who demonstrate outstanding, sustainable management of natural resources.”

“Farmers and ranchers are often-overlooked conservation leaders,” said Ashley Boren, executive director of Sustainable Conservation in a press release. “The award is a great way to celebrate those individuals and families whose sound natural resource stewardship keeps California’s environment and economy vibrant.”

Nominations are divided into two categories, Nurseries and Crops, and Livestock. The deadline for nominations is July 15, 2012, with application information available here. The winner will be announced December 3 at the California Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting in Pasadena.

“Last year’s recipient, Tim Koopmann (see video, above) is an exceptional land steward, but he and his family aren’t the only landowners in California doing exceptional work for natural resources,” said Dr. Brent Haglund, Sand County Foundation president by press release. “We look forward to meeting and honoring more innovative farming and ranching families, like the Koopmanns, who are committed to the enhancement of California’s landscape.”