February 18, 2016

Milk Source named Leopold Conservation Award Finalist for Second Consecutive Year

For the second consecutive year,  Sand County Foundation, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation and Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association have announced Milk Source LLC is one of three finalists for the prestigious Wisconsin Leopold Conservation Award®, which honors Wisconsin landowner achievement in voluntary stewardship and management of natural resources.

The other honorees are:
•David and Leslie Meuer, who own and manage Meuer Farm, LLC, a crop and beef cattle farm in Chilton, received the 2015 Award.
•Ronald Brooks, who owns and manages Brooks Dairy Farm, a crop and dairy farm in Waupaca, was also named a finalist.

Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the Leopold Conservation Award recognizes extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. It inspires other landowners through these examples and provides a visible forum where farmers, ranchers and other private landowners are recognized as conservation leaders. In his influential 1949 book, A Sand County Almanac, Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage, which he called “an evolutionary possibility and an ecological necessity.”

“We continue to strive for sustainability in every aspect of our farms,” said Jim Ostrom, Milk Source partner. “We are humbled to again be honored with this recognition of our efforts.”

The 2015 Leopold Conservation Award, which consists of $10,000 and a crystal depicting Aldo Leopold, will be presented at the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in December.

The Leopold Conservation Award in Wisconsin is made possible through the generous support of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association, Wisconsin Energy Foundation, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Badgerland Financial, Alliant Energy Foundation, American Transmission Company, DuPont Pioneer, The Mosaic Company and The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.

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The Leopold Conservation Award is a competitive award that recognizes landowner achievement in voluntary conservation. The award consists of $10,000 and a crystal depicting Aldo Leopold. Sand County Foundation presents Leopold Conservation Awards in California, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.


Sand County Foundation ( is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to working with private landowners across North America to advance ethical and scientifically sound land management practices that benefit the environment.


The Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, is a membership organization that supports the efforts of 450 Land Conservation Committee supervisors and 350 conservation staff in 72 county Land Conservation Department offices through training, conservation standards development, youth education, grants, partnership building, and advocacy.


The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation ( is Wisconsin’s largest general farm organization. It represents nearly 24,000 farms and agriculturists who belong to one of 61 county Farm Bureaus found across the state. Much like Wisconsin’s diverse agricultural landscape, Farm Bureau members represent all farm commodities, farm sizes and management styles. Farm Bureau’s mission is to lead the farm and rural community through legislative representation, education, public relations and leadership development.