Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Patty Judge announced the June winner of the "Iowa Good Neighbor Award" last week-end.
"I am happy to announce that the Dennis and Terri Schmitt family of rural Early (Sac County) has been chosen by the Iowa Good Neighbor Award Selection Committee as the June Good Neighbor Award winner," Judge said.
The Schmitt family runs a pork production operation and also grow corn and soybeans. Jim Meyer, a retired legislator and producer, nominated his neighbors, the Schmitt's, for the award.
In his nominating letter, Meyer said, "...Their farmstead is always neat and well cared for... The Schmitts provide a model for the neighbors to follow. Our community is much better off because they farm in the neighborhood."
The Schmitt's are environmentally conscientious and have sound manure management and conservation tillage practices.
The Good Neighbor Award is a partnership between the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Ag Radio Network. A monthly award plaque is given to an Iowa livestock producer who exhibits the qualities of a good neighbor, a livestock producer that takes not only great care of the livestock, but also shows great care and concern about the environment and neighbors.
Neighbors who want to nominate a producer should write a nomination letter in care of: The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Attn: Good Neighbor Award, Henry A. Wallace Building, Des Moines, 50319, or e-mail at: email@example.com telling why their neighbor should win the award, and in essence, what makes him/her a "good neighbor."