Dan Vail of Hancock County has been named a 2016 recipient of the River-Friendly Farmer Award from the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

In a ceremony Aug. 17 that coincided with Farmers’ Day at the 2016 Indiana State Fair, 54 Indiana farmers received the award. These farmers were recognized by the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts for their commitment to protecting Indiana’s natural resources, specifically Indiana’s waterways.

Since 1999, conservation and agricultural organizations have sponsored the River-Friendly Farmer Program. The statewide initiative recognizes farmers who through good production management practices help keep Indiana’s rivers, lakes and streams clean.

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Annually, each county soil and water conservation district may nominate up to two farmers who do an outstanding job of protecting their rivers, lakes and streams through their every day conservation management practices on the farm. Watershed organizations also may nominate farmers for the award by submitting an application to a county soil and water conservation district.