HISTORY of the River-Friendly Farmer Award

Since 1999, key conservation and agricultural organizations have sponsored the River Friendly Farmer (RFF) Program. The statewide initiative recognizes farmers, who through good production management practices helps keep Indiana’s rivers, lakes and streams clean.

Annually, each county Soil and Water Conservation District may nominate up to two farmers who do an outstanding job of protecting their rivers, lakes and streams through their every day conservation management practices on the farm. Watershed organizations also may nominate farmers for the award by submitting an application to a county SWCD.


Nominations for the 2021 River Friendly Farmer Award are now open for submission. Nominations must be received via the online nomination form (link provided below) by end of business on Thursday, June 10, 2021. All nominations must also include a Signature Page (link provided below). The Signature page can be mailed or emailed to Amy Work at IASWCD, 225 S. East Street, Suite 142, Indianapolis, IN 46202 (amy-work@iaswcd.org).

2021 RFF Online Nomination Form
Questions to Preview for Online Nomination Form
2021 Signature Page (required) can be downloaded here. 

Normally, Indiana’s River Friendly Farmers Award recipients are honored in an awards ceremony on Farmer’s Day during the Indiana State Fair. The 2020 ceremony had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic and cancellation of the fair. The 2021 Awards ceremony details have not been determined at this time. We will communicate with all award recipients as information is received. 


2020 River Friendly Farmer Recipients:

Farm Name/Farm Family Recipient:County:
Philip AtkinsonBenton
Alan and Suzanne LyonBoone
John and Donna PadgettBoone
Groover Farms LLCClay
Memering FarmsDaviess
Lobenstein FarmDearborn 
Wolfert Farms LLCDearborn 
K & E Farms Inc.Decatur
Dan HiattDelaware
Stoney-M FarmElkhart
Phillip SmithFayette
Summers Grain and LivestockHendricks
Schroeter/Bryant FarmsHoward
Joe and Elaine Carroll, Carroll FarmsHuntington
Betty Settle DrinkutJay
Villwock FarmsKnox and Daviess
J and M Roberts Farms LLCKosciusko
Adam LemlerMarshall 
Bryan SchmeiserMorgan
Ron & Sherry CashPutnam 
The Randall & Jaymie Dickson Family Starke 
Dailey FarmsSteuben 
Toby and Hannah HartSwitzerland
Danny WorksSwitzerland
Rexing & RexingVanderburgh
Hadley FarmsWabash
Clayton  BarchetWarrick
Nick PurkhiserWashington
Harold RoutsonWayne
Cassiday Farms, Inc.Wells
Ashbaugh Family FarmsWhitley  

List of past RFF Award Recipients (2000-2019)