The Master Conservationist program was established in 1983 to recognize those who have excelled in soil and water conservation and protection. The program has been expanded from a production agriculture focus to now include community conservation efforts, as well as youth’s efforts in conservation. Current awards focus on recognition of excellence in water management and conservation. Anyone can submit nominations, including self nominations.
Production Agriculture awards are presented annually to Nebraska agriculturalists that have excelled in the use of new, innovative and traditionally methods of water conversation in farming or ranching operations.
Community awards are presented to individuals or groups who have excelled in taking a holistic approach to wise use of water resources while maintaining and enhancing the environment.
Youth awards are presented to individuals or groups who implement unique ways to sustain water resources while creating new opportunities to improve the environment.
In each category there will be one overall winner and one honorable mention.
Use the links on the right side of this page to download more information or to submit a nomination online.
The deadline to submit nominations is June 1, 2014.
The 2014 banquet is set for September. Winners will be featured in the Omaha World-Herald.
The 2013 Omaha World Herald and IANR Master Conservationist for agriculture was awarded to Scott Stout Ranch from Curtis, Nebraska.
The 2013 Omaha World Herald and IANR Master Conservationist for Community Conservation was awarded to the Six Mile Canal Company from Gothenburg, Nebraska.