TOPEKA, Kan. — Sand County Foundation, in partnership with Ranchland Trust of Kansas and the Kansas Association of Conservation Districts, has announced four finalists for the Kansas Leopold Conservation Award. Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the $10,000 award recognizes those who inspire others with their dedication to land, water and wildlife.
Vance and Louise Ehmke of Healy conserve soil and water by experimenting with crops to protect fields from soil erosion. Additionally, they have more than 50 playas that are used for research and education on how they impact the Ogallala Aquifer. Ray and Susan Flickner of Wichita installed sub-surface drip irrigation technology to be more efficient with water and nutrient application on crops. They also experiment with cover crops to improve water infiltration and suppress weeds. Dwane Roth of Manhattan owns Big D Farms in Finney County, where cover crops are used to build soil health and combat wind erosion. He tests irrigation strategies that maintain crop production with reduced water usage. Glenn and Barbara Walker of Brookville are improving soil, wildlife and water distribution through rotational grazing and investments in removing invasive red cedar trees.
The 2021 award winner will be announced in November.
–Kansas Livestock Association
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