Conservation Farmer of the Year Award

Are you an Indiana farmer who actively incorporates and practices conservation on the land? If so, you might be the perfect candidate for the Conservation Farmer of the Year Award. This prestigious honor, sponsored by Indiana Farm Bureau Inc. and Indiana Prairie Farmer in cooperation with the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, recognizes the top conservation-minded producer in the Hoosier state.

What is the Conservation Farmer of the Year Award?

This award celebrates farmers who demonstrate a commitment to protecting water quality and building soil health for future generations. The winner will be honored at the annual State Conservation Awards ceremony.

Who Can Apply?

  • Any active farmer in Indiana is eligible to be nominated.
  • All nominees must have developed a Conservation Plan with their local NRCS office.
  • Preference will be shown to applicants who earn at least 50% of their income from farming.

How to Apply

  1. Applications must be submitted by Indiana SWCDs using the online application form.
  2. Each county SWCD may submit one application for consideration as a state winner.
  3. A typed signature from the SWCD Chair must be included in the application. This verifies that the application was favorably judged by the SWCD in which the farmer lives/operates.
  4. If you would live to review questions on the application prior to filling out the online form, you can view those questions here.

Career Conservation Farmer Distinction

Farmers who have been using conservation management practices for at least 25 years are eligible to apply for the “Career Conservation Farmer” distinction. Career Conservation Farmer nominees must complete the additional narrative section.

Support Material

Support material is required. This must include at least 3-4 digital photos of conservation practices on the farm and at least one good picture of the farmer. Other documentation could include examples of conservation management practices on their properties such as photos, articles, etc. These may be emailed to IASWCD ( and must be received by September 13, 2024 by 5 p.m. EDT.

Ready to be recognized for your commitment to conservation? Apply for the Conservation Farmer of the Year Award today!

Deadline to Apply

Please submit the online application and support materials as mentioned above by September 13, 2024.