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Iowa Farm Group Honors Former YC Chairman

May 6, 2014

The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers presented its April Good Farm Neighbor award to former NMPF Young Cooperator Chairman Marty Burken, and his brother Michael. The Burkens run Blue Hyll Dairy in Clinton County. They were cited for leadership in conservation and sustainability and also for their community activities. The award was presented April 23 by Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey.

The Burken family (Lisa, at left, and Marty at right) milks 810 cows, raises 170 beef steers, has a compost business and also raises row crops. Blue Hyll Dairy has received awards for both water recycling and composting and was the inaugural recipient of Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award, presented at the 2012 Iowa State Fair. Marty Burken chaired NMPF’s Young Cooperator program in 2010.