National association selects 2020 farm conservation winners


The National Association of Conservation Districts and the Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts announced the winners of the 2020 Saving Tomorrow’s Agriculture Resources (STAR) awards. 

The STAR Initiative was created by two Illinois farmers as a voluntary solution to local natural resources concerns. STAR has since expanded to Iowa, Missouri and Colorado.

Award recipients include Sarah Blount, American Farmland Trust Conservation Technician, as 2020 STAR Partner of the Year; the Martin Family Farm of Logan County as 2020 STAR Farmer of the Year; and DeKalb County SWCD as 2020 STAR Licensee of the Year.

“The recipients of the 2020 STAR awards have helped to promote voluntary conservation through a number of avenues. We’re proud to bring awareness to their extraordinary efforts,” said Michael Crowder, president of NACD, a nonprofit organization that represents the nation’s 3,000 conservation districts, their state and territory associations and the 17,000 people who serve on their governing boards.

A recording of the awards presentation will be available on the NACD’s Summer Meeting webpage.

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