Kevin and Linda Baird, owners and operators of Cornucopia Farms near Little York, received one of 46 River Friendly Farmer awards at the Indiana State Fair yesterday.

Bairds award

The Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts handed out the 2013 River Friendly Farmer Awards at the Indiana State Fair Wednesday.

Since 2000, key conservation and agricultural organizations have sponsored the River Friendly Farmer Program. The statewide initiative recognizes farmers, who through good production management practices helps keep Indiana’s rivers, lakes and streams clean.

“This is always a rewarding day to thank these men and women for the job they are doing to protect our environment,” said Jeff Meinders, IASWCD president.

Forty-six Hoosier farmers won the award this year.

“ We’re honored to be a recipient of this award,” said Kevin Baird. “Conservation and stewardship of the land are very important to us because we want to leave it in better shape for those that follow behind us.”

The Bairds are pictured with Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann and Indiana Farm Bureau President Don Villwock.