Ferdinand Farmer Receives Statewide Award

Paul Steckler Award

Paul Steckler was one of 48 Indiana farmers presented with the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation District’s River-Friendly Farmer Award at this year’s Indiana State Fair. Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellsperman is shown presenting Steckler with the award.

INDIANAPOLIS (NNDC) – Paul Steckler was one of 48 Hoosier farmers who received the River-Friendly Farmer award from the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (IASWCD) last week at the Indiana State Fair. Steckler’s farm, located near Ferdinand, was recognized for its work to protect Indiana’s natural resources. There are 61,000 farms in Indiana.

The Dubois County Soil and Conservation District nominated Steckler for the award based on its farm management practices that protect the state’s rivers, lakes, and streams.

Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann presented Steckler with the award. Also on hand were Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Ted Kinney, Indiana Farm Bureau President Don Villwock, State Conservationist Jane Hardisty, IASWCD President Mike Starkey, and other leaders from the Indiana Conservation Partnership.

The award has been presented by the IASWCD and sponsored by the 92 local Soil and Water Conservation districts and the Indiana Farm Bureau since 2000. This year’s group of winners brings the total number of River-Friendly farmers in Indiana to 809.

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