“You may apply for the Spencer Award or be nominated by others. Agricultural organizations are strongly encouraged to submit nominations to highlight the achievements of their members,” said Mark Rasmussen, Leopold Center director.
The award, established in 2001 by an endowment from the Spencer family, is administered by the Leopold Center. The 2018 award includes a $1,000 cash prize.
Nominees must have:
Made a significant contribution that will affect, influence and/or advance the ecological and economic stability of mainstream family farms in the state of Iowa;
A record of accomplishment in research, technical or practical advancement or education;
A long-standing commitment to the sustainability of family farms.
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 healthier place for the next generation.