HURON, S.D. — Three finalists for the 2018 Excellence in Cooperative Conservation Award from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) have been selected, announced Jeff Zimprich, NRCS State Conservationist, Huron, S.D. “This year all three finalists have done amazing work to further conservation across South Dakota,” he said.

The award recognizes excellence in natural resources conservation. “The award winner is recognized for working side-by-side with the NRCS to augment the value of the NRCS’s technical assistance and support implementation of conservation programs of the Farm Bill,” Zimprich said. Their teamwork to blend resources of individuals, private organizations, universities, local, state, and federal government entities, has strengthened overall relationships.

Most importantly our joint efforts are making a difference on the health of our natural resources. “Our partners have been incredible in their ideas and activities for helping South Dakota’s farmers and ranchers,” said Zimprich. For 23 years, the NRCS has presented the award at the state convention of the South Dakota Association of Conservation District which will be held in Pierre, Sept. 16-18. The three finalists for the 2018 award are the South Dakota Corn Growers Association, Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, and the South Dakota Ducks Unlimited.

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