Iowa State University Leopold Center’s Spencer Award Nominations Due June 30

AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University’s Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture nominations for the 2019 Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture are due June 30

The nomination form and formal announcement are available on the center’s web site:

“For the past 18 years, the Leopold Center has been pleased to work with the Spencer family to present this award to deserving Iowans in agriculture,” said Mark Rasmussen, Leopold Center director. “All the past winners have shared a desire to improve Iowa’s landscape.”

The award, established in 2001 by an endowment from the Spencer family, is administered by the center. The 2019 award includes a $1,000 cash prize.

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 better and healthier place.

Nominations may be submitted as a paper copy or using the electronic form found online. Send nominations to Rasmussen, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, 209 Curtiss Hall, 513 Farm House Lane, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011; or e-mail the materials to, using Spencer Award as the subject line.