Matt and Kate Lambert of Laclede Receive 2017 Missouri Leopold Conservation Award®

Sand County Foundation, in partnership with Missouri Farmers Care announced Matt and Kate Lambert of Uptown Farms in Laclede, as the inaugural recipients of the Missouri Leopold Conservation Award® during the recent National Association of Farm Broadcasting meeting in Kansas City. The award honors Missouri farmers’ achievement in voluntary stewardship and natural resources management.

Uptown Farms consists of row crop and hay production, as well as a herd of Red Angus cattle and small flock of Hampshire and Dorper sheep. The Lamberts operate a no-till farm, and utilize cover crops to help avoid soil erosion and run-off.

“It’s a sincere honor to receive the first Missouri Leopold Conservation Award,” said Matt Lambert. “The program is important for Missouri agriculture. We have abundant natural resources in this state, and we must take care of them. Missouri farmers play a key role in conserving our land and water, but there is always room for improvement. This award will hopefully encourage others to continue to look for ways to do more.”

The Lamberts are members of the Missouri Soybean Association and active in several volunteer roles. Kate Lambert is part of the American Soybean Association’s Advocacy & Communications Team and Missouri CommonGround.

“In agriculture, our greatest resource is the land, and as farmers it is our duty to be good stewards of that land for future generations,” said John Kelley, chairman of the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council. “Sustainability is a top priority for the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council and key to our mission of supporting a bright future for soybean farmers. We’re proud to recognize the Lamberts for setting a strong example of stewardship through their work on and off their farm.”

Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the Leopold Conservation Award recognizes extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. It inspires other landowners through these examples and provides a visible forum where farmers, ranchers and other private landowners are recognized as conservation leaders.

“I am so proud of what our family does as farmers and conservationists,” said Kate Lambert. “But it’s not just us; so many Missouri farm families are doing the right things – the right way every single day. The Leopold Award showcases modern Missouri agriculture for everything that it truly is – sustainable, responsible, effective.”

The 2017 Leopold Conservation Award was announced at the National Association of Farm Broadcasters in Kansas City Nov. 8, 2017 and will be officially presented Jan. 6, 2018 at the 50th Missouri Cattle Industry Convention and Tradeshow in Columbia. The Lamberts receive $10,000 and a crystal award depicting Aldo Leopold.

“Matt and Kate Lambert reflect the principals of Missouri agriculture – responsible land management, involvement in their community, and a long-term view of their farm business,” said Dr. Alan Wessler, chairman of Missouri Farmers Care. “This year’s entire class of award applicants exhibited exemplary production practices and stewardship. We are proud to work with farmers, ranchers and the partner organizations who made this award possible.”

The Leopold Conservation Award Program in Missouri is supported by Missouri Farmers Care, Missouri Soybean Association, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, Missouri Corn Merchandising Council, Missouri Department of Conservation, MFA, Inc., Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives, Missouri Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Missouri Soil and Water Conservation Program, and USDA NRCS.