The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University has announced nominations for the Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture are open now. The Spencer Award honors the beliefs, innovations and stewardship of Norman and Margaretha Spencer, who farmed near Sioux City for 40 years. It serves as a lasting memorial to the Spencers, who believed that it is the obligation of each generation to leave the world a better and healtheir place for the next generation.
The award was established in 2001 by an endowment from the Spencer family, and is administered by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University. The 2014 award includes a $1,000 cash prize.
Who is eligible: Anyone who has made significant contributions to the advancement of ecological and economic practices that will make agriculture sustainable and the family farm secure for the future. This can include individuals, agricultural organizations, researchers, educators, or students engaged in sustainable agriculture projects.