Conservation Pays in Missouri

The Missouri Leopold Conservation Award Program recognizes extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation, inspires other landowners through their example, and helps the general public understand the vital role private landowners can and do play in conservation success.

In Missouri, the award recipient receives an Aldo Leopold crystal and $10,000.


Britt Farms of Clifton Hill in Randolph County

2022 Leopold Conservation Award Recipient

Britt Farms of Clifton Hill in Randolph County has been selected as the recipient of the 2022 Missouri Leopold Conservation Award®. ®.

Britt Farms Inc. is a family farm consisting of approximately 5,000 acres of row crops, hay and beef cattle production. Ryan is a fifth-generation farmer who, with his father, brother-in-law, and the support of their families, produces corn, soybeans, wheat, hay and cattle through practices which incorporate the use of technology and innovative partnerships to maximize efficiency and sustainability.

2023 Missouri Leopold Conservation Award

Application Deadline: June 30, 2023

Access the Application

To nominate yourself or an individual, applicants must submit an application regarding their operation's conservation practices and ethics, in addition to three letters of recommendation. Click below to download the application and view past recipients' applications.

Submit Application

Submit the application at the link below (preferred) or mail it to Missouri Farmers Care Foundation, 19171 State Highway 11, Kirksville, MO 63501

Applicants must be submitted or postmarked by June 30, 2023, at 11:59 p.m.


If you have any questions regarding the application or award, please contact

Missouri Leopold Conservation Award Recipients





Clifton Hill, Missouri





Concordia, Missouri





Leonard, Missouri

Missouri Leopold Conservation Award made possible thanks to:

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Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, Missouri Corn Merchandising Council, MFA, Inc., Missouri Fertilizer Control Board, FCS Financial, Missouri Department of Conservation, Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives, Missouri Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, The Nature Conservancy in Missouri, McDonald’s and the Missouri Soil and Water Conservation Program.