Master Conservationist Awards 2007 Winners

The Master Conservationist program was established in 1983 to recognize those who have excelled in soil and water conservation. The program has been expanded from production agriculture to residential, community and youth categories. Anyone can submit nominations, including self nominations.

Production Agriculture awards are presented annually to five Nebraska agriculturalists, one in each of five Master Conservationist Districts, who have excelled in the use of new and traditionally acknowledged methods of soil and water conservation in farming or ranching operations.

There are five Residential, Community and Youth awards. These statewide awards will be presented to individuals or groups who have excelled in taking a holistic approach to making wise use of soil and water resources while maintaining and enhancing the environment.

Award recipients are selected by a committee of judges representing the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts, Natural Resources Districts and the Nebraska office of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Use the links on the right side of this page to download more information or to submit a nomination online.

The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2010


2007 Master Conservationist Winners & Honorable Mentions

Recipients were to be recognized during a special presentation at the NARD annual banquet September 24, 2007, in Kearney, and featured in the Omaha World-Herald September 23.

Production Agriculture – District A
Mark and Bruce Watson
Alliance, Nebraska

Production Agriculture – District C
Paul and Jeryl Kettelson
Albion, Nebraska

Production Agriculture – District D
The Pursley Family
Enders, Nebraska

Production Agriculture – District E
Brandes and Sons, Inc.
Evan Brandes
Central City, Nebraska

L & L Farms LLC
Beatrice, Nebraska

Community Public
Keep Omaha Beautiful, Inc.
“World O! Water Festival”
Omaha, Nebraska

Community – Youth – Group
“The Cedar River Stabilization Project”
Spalding Academy
Spalding, Nebraska

“Promoting Natural Resource Awareness In Our Community”
Superior FFA Chapter
Superior High School
Superior, Nebraska

Community – Youth – Individual
Adam Venteicher
Pierce, Nebraska

Honorable Mentions

Production Agriculture – District A
Lynn and Flo Clark
Chappell, Nebraska

Production Agriculture – District C
James “Jim” K. Bliven
Dakota City, Nebraska

Production Agriculture – District D
Dave Hilferty
Grant, Nebraska

Circle “K” Ranch
Wayne and Fred Krausnick
Enders, Nebraska

Production Agriculture – District E
Fred and Henrietta Benesch
Bruno, Nebraska