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Former YC Chairman Honored for Environmental Stewardship

September 11, 2012

In recognition of his dedication to environmental stewardship on his dairy farming operations, NMPF’s 2010 Young Cooperator (YC) Chairman Marty Burken was selected last month as a recipient of the 1st annual Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Awards. The awards were sponsored by the Iowa Governor’s Office, Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and Monsanto. Burken was chosen because of the steps he has taken and leadership he has demonstrated to help protect Iowa’s natural resources. The nomination was approved by a committee representing multiple commodity, conservation, and environmental groups.

The awards were presented at the Iowa State Fair on August 17th by Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, and Iowa DNR Director Chuck Gipp.

In the photo: Burken receives his award from Gov. Terry Branstad. He is joined on stage by his youngest daughter Hillary and his father Loran Burken.