News & Publications

2017
  • May 19, 2017

    Dixon Water Foundation Receives 2017 Texas Leopold Conservation Award®

    Founded in 1994 by the late Roger Dixon, the Dixon Water Foundation promotes healthy watersheds and sequestration of carbon through regenerative land management to ensure that present and future generations of Texans have the water resources they need. In 2005, the foundation acquired the Bear Creek Ranch in Parker County west of Fort Worth. In 2008, they went west to try their approach in drier soils, acquiring the Mimms Ranch near Marfa. Today the foundation operates six ranches totaling 21,960 acres. Each one utilizes a high intensity/low duration holistic grazing system which mimics the natural effect of large herds of bison which used to migrate through Texas.

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  • Apr 26, 2017

    New conservation award program comes to Oklahoma

    The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, the Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation, and ITC Holdings Corp., in partnership with the Sand County Foundation, bring the Leopold Conservation Award® program to Oklahoma.

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  • Apr 25, 2017

    Leopold Conservation Award® Program Seeks Nominees in Utah

    Sand County Foundation, Utah Farm Bureau Federation, Western AgCredit and the Utah Cattlemen’s Association, are accepting applications for the 2017 Leopold Conservation Award, which honors Utah farmers and ranchers who demonstrate exemplary stewardship and management of natural resources.

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  • Apr 25, 2017

    California Leopold Conservation Award® Seeks Nominees

    Sand County Foundation, the California Farm Bureau Federation and Sustainable Conservation are accepting applications for the $10,000 California Leopold Conservation Award. The award honors California farmers, ranchers and other private landowners who demonstrate outstanding stewardship and management of natural resources.

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  • Apr 24, 2017

    2017 South Dakota Leopold Conservation Award® Recipient Announced

    Sand County Foundation, the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association and the South Dakota Grassland Coalition congratulate Blue Bell Ranch of Clear Lake as the recipient of the 2017 Leopold Conservation Award. The award honors South Dakota landowner achievement in voluntary stewardship and management of natural resources.

    Owned and managed by Herb and Beverly Hamann, along with their son Breck Hamann and daughter Arla Poindexter, Blue Bell Ranch includes more than 5,000 acres of native grasslands and wetlands that serve as an “ecological anchor” on the southern end of the Prairie Coteau Hills in eastern South Dakota.

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  • Apr 21, 2017

    K&W Farms Named Recipient of 2017 Nebraska Leopold Conservation Award

    Governor Pete Ricketts of Nebraska joined Sand County Foundation, the Nebraska Cattlemen, Cargill, and the Nebraska Environmental Trust to announce K & W Farms as the recipient of the 2017 Nebraska Leopold Conservation Award. The annual award honors Nebraska landowner achievement in voluntary stewardship and management of natural resources.

    Kurt and Wayne Kaup own and manage K & W Farms in Stuart, Neb., where they raise hogs and crops. With a commitment toward improving natural resources on the land, The Kaups are leaders in implementing no-till farming strategies combined with the use of cover crops to improve the soil, reduce erosion and recycle nutrients.


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  • Mar 28, 2017

    Finalists Named for 2016 South Dakota Leopold Conservation Award®

    Sand County Foundation, the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association and the South Dakota Grassland Coalition are proud to announce the finalists for the 2017 Leopold Conservation Award®, which honors South Dakota landowner achievement in voluntary stewardship and management of natural resources.

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  • Mar 16, 2017

    New Leopold Conservation Award® Program Seeks Missouri Nominees

    Sand County Foundation, in partnership with the Missouri Farmers Care (MFC) and the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, proudly announces the launch of the Leopold Conservation Award® Program in Missouri, and is accepting applications for the award. The $10,000 award will honor, for the first-time, Missouri farmers, ranchers and other private landowners who voluntarily demonstrate outstanding stewardship and management of natural resources. 

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  • Mar 13, 2017

    Kansas Leopold Conservation Award® Program Seeks Nominees

    Sand County Foundation, the Kansas Association of Conservation Districts (KACD) and the Ranchland Trust of Kansas (RTK) are accepting applications until June 2 for the 2017 Leopold Conservation Award

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  • Mar 08, 2017

    Leopold Conservation Award® Program Seeks Nominees in Wisconsin

    Sand County Foundation, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association are accepting applications for the $10,000 Leopold Conservation Award, which honors Wisconsin farmers who demonstrate exemplary stewardship and management of natural resources. 

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  • Jan 16, 2017

    Garrett Ranch Receives 2017 Leopold Conservation Award® as Part of Wyoming’s Environmental Stewardship Award Program

    Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Garrett Ranch has been named the 2017 recipient of the Wyoming Leopold Conservation Award®, presented in partnership by Sand County Foundation and the Wyoming Stock Growers Association through their Environmental Stewardship Award Program. 

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  • Jan 16, 2017

    Leopold Conservation Award® Program Seeks Nominees in Kentucky

    Sand County Foundation, the Kentucky Agricultural Council (KAC) and the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts (KACD) are accepting applications for the Leopold Conservation Award program in Kentucky. The $10,000 award honors Kentucky farmers, ranchers and other private landowners who voluntarily demonstrate outstanding stewardship and management of natural resources.

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  • Jan 04, 2017

    Former DuPont Pioneer Sustainable Agriculture Leader Joins Sand County Foundation

    Nancy DeLong, who served as DuPont Pioneer’s Global Director of Sustainable Agriculture Systems, has been named Senior Director of Conservation Programs for Sand County Foundation.

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  • Jan 04, 2017

    Colorado Leopold Conservation Award Program Seeks Nominees

    Applications are now being accepted for the prestigious Leopold Conservation Award® honoring agricultural landowners in Colorado who demonstrate outstanding stewardship and management of natural resources.

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