Eligibility

All nominees must agree to allow their conservation techniques to be featured as demonstration projects and in news coverage by The Omaha World-Herald in association with the award.
 
Agricultural
  1. Individual producers, partnerships and family farm or ranch corporations are eligible.
  2. Nominees must be Nebraska farmers or ranchers who have demonstrated excellent water and/or soil conservation practices for at least a five-year period on farms or ranches which they operate in Nebraska.
Community
  1. Groups, individuals, agencies or businesses are eligible.
  2. Nominees must be Nebraska residents who have carried out a water and/or soil conservation program for a minimum of two years.
Youth
  1. Any individual or group of young people (age 19 or younger) are eligible.
  2. Nominees must be Nebraska residents who have carried out a water and/or soil conservation program for a minimum of two years.

 

Guidelines

In the order listed, please provide the following information in making a nomination for the Master Conservationist Award.
   
We are now accepting nominations for 2018. Click here to go to the submission form.
 
A. Personal Information
  1. Nominee’s name, address and phone number.
  2. Nominator’s name, address and phone number.
  3. Years the project plan has been implemented.
B. Conservation Activities
  1. Describe the conservation plan or program of the individual/community/youth, listing specific water and/or soil conservation practices implemented or promoted, what they are used for and the dates that those practices were implemented.
  2. Describe any new or innovative techniques implemented or promoted by the nominee. These can be modifications of water and/or soil conservation principles already recognized as effective, or techniques created, designed and implemented by the nominee.
  3. Describe the benefits of the water and/or soil conservation practices or programs implemented (both new and ongoing) in terms of conservation of water and/or soil resources, including benefits such as pollution abatement, wildlife enhancement or flood control.
  4. Describe the impact of the water and/or soil conservation efforts or programs on the success or productivity of the farm/ranch business or community. Give any example or returns on conservation investment.
  5. Explain how the nominee has encouraged others to understand the value of water and/or soil conservation, noting whether it involved the participation of groups from the industry or community (such as civic or school groups).
  6. Optional:
  • Include a list of the conservation organizations the nominee is active in and leadership positions held.
  • Graphic designs or photographs of the nominee’s conservation efforts

 

Selection Process

Award recipients are selected by a committee of judges representing the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD), Natural Resources Districts and the Nebraska office of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Nominations that are not selected as one of the three winners will be retained for three additional years of future consideration. Applicants are welcome to update the nomination materials from year to year if needed.

 

2017 Master Conservationist Award Winners

Agriculture Winner
Dennis & Imogene Wacker

Youth Winner
Grand Island Senior High Success Academy

 

Contact

For questions about nominations, please contact:
 
Katie Pekarek
Extension Educator - Water Quality
Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Phone number - 402-643-2981
E-mail address - Kpekarek2@unl.edu