Conservation Pays in Missouri

The Leopold Conservation Award 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.


2022 Missouri Leopold Conservation Award

Application Deadline: June 30, 2022

Access the Application

To nominate yourself or an individual, applicants must submit an application regarding their operation's conversation 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, 2022, at 11:59 p.m.


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

Oetting Homestead Farms of Concordia in Lafayette County

2021 Leopold Conservation Award Recipient

Oetting Homestead Farms of Concordia in Lafayette County has been selected as the recipients of the 2021 Missouri Leopold Conservation Award®.

Steve and Sharon have continually demonstrated the compatibility of conservation and commerce on their family’s century farm. With their sons Sean and Clint and their families, the Oettings grow corn, soybeans, wheat, and custom finish 3,000 hogs annually. Their efforts to reduce soil erosion, enhance wildlife habitat and protect water and air quality led to Oetting Homestead Farms being certified as one of the first farms in the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Stewardship Assurance Program.

Missouri Leopold Conservation Award Recipients





Concordia, Missouri





Leonard, Missouri





Auxvasse, 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.