DES MOINES, Iowa -- Over 90 farmers were recognized at the Iowa State Fair on Wednesday for their efforts to improve and protect the environment in the state.
The award was a joint effort of the Governor's Office, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and the Department of Natural Resources.
Governor Terry Branstad, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, Ag Secretary Bill Northey, and Chuck Gipp, Director of the DNR were all on hand to congratulate the winners.
The competition is now in its fourth year. It was created to help farmers tell the story of what they are doing to preserve the quality of the land and drinking water in Iowa.
James Andrew farms in Greene County. He said he has tried to take the best care of his land possible, and to be a good example to neighboring farmers.
He said he has constructed terraces to cut down on soil erosion. Three quarters of the expenses for that came from his own pocket, with some assistance from the government.