News & Publications

2022
  • Jan 14, 2022

    Brubaker Farms Receives Pennsylvania Leopold Conservation Award

    Brubaker Farms is the 2021 recipient of the Pennsylvania Leopold Conservation Award®.

    Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the prestigious award recognizes farmers, ranchers and forestland owners who inspire others with their dedication to land, water and wildlife habitat resources in their care.

    In Pennsylvania, the $10,000 award is presented annually by Sand County Foundation, American Farmland Trust, The Heinz Endowments, and Pennsylvania Farm Bureau.

    The Brubaker family was revealed as the award’s recipients at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. The dairy and poultry farmers from Mount Joy in Lancaster County receive $10,000 and a crystal award for being selected.

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  • Jan 13, 2022

    Applications Being Accepted for 2022 New York AEM Leopold Conservation Award

    Applications are open for New York State’s 2022 Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM) Leopold Conservation Award.

    Sand County Foundation presents the Leopold Conservation Award to private landowners in 23 states for extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. In New York the $10,000 award is presented annually with national sponsor American Farmland Trust, and state partners: New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, and Cornell Cooperative Extension.

    Applications for the New York AEM Leopold Conservation Award are now being accepted, with county Soil and Water Conservation Districts applying on behalf of the farm. Eligible candidates successfully incorporate AEM Best Management Practices into the management of the farm, which also assist the landowner in meeting business and environmental goals. Applicants should demonstrate conservation leadership and outreach in the agricultural sector and be an inspiration to other landowners.

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  • Jan 05, 2022

    Kansas Leopold Conservation Award Seeks Nominees

    Know a Kansas farmer, rancher or forestland owner who goes above and beyond in the care and management of natural resources? Nominate them for the 2022 Kansas Leopold Conservation Award®.

    Sand County Foundation and national sponsor American Farmland Trust present the Leopold Conservation Award to private landowners in 23 states for extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. In Kansas, the $10,000 award is presented with Kansas Association of Conservation Districts, and the Ranchland Trust of Kansas.

    Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the award recognizes those who inspire others with their dedication to land, water and wildlife habitat management on private, working land. In his influential 1949 book, “A Sand County Almanac,” Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage.

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  • Jan 03, 2022

    Schools Receive Pollinator Habitat Grants

    Imperiled insect pollinators and monarch butterflies will get some help from high school students this year.

    Sand County Foundation is awarding pollinator habitat grants to agriculture and science programs at 12 high schools.

    Each school will receive native wildflower seeds and seedlings, a training webinar and consultation. Eight first-time grantees will receive $1,000 for the school district or FFA chapter to offset project expenses.

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