Congratulations to the 2021 SWCS Award Winners!

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Hugh Hammond Bennett Award

The Society’s most prestigious award, recognizes extraordinary accomplishments in the conservation of soil, water, and related natural resources. 

  • Michael Kucera, Nebraska

Fellow Award 

In recognition of SWCS members who have performed exceptional service in advocating the conservation of soil, water, and related natural resources. Fellowship is an honor bestowed upon the best in the conservation profession. This year’s Fellow awardees include

  • Craig Derickson, Nebraska
  • Don Wysocki, Oregon
  • Lynn Betts, Iowa

Conservation Innovation Award

In recognition of an outstanding activity, product, or service by a group, business, firm, corporation, or organization that promotes natural resource conservation.

  • Area IV Cooperative Research Farm, North Dakota
  • Conservation Station Mobile Education Trailer Program, Iowa

Harold and Kay Scholl Excellence in Conservation Award
In recognition of individuals who work on the ground to provide direct and personal delivery or conservation planning and technical assistance.

  • Jon Stika, North Dakota

Conservation Professional of the Year Award

In recognition of outstanding accomplishments in practicing and advancing the science and art of natural resource conservation.

  • Jean Eells, Iowa

Society Service Award

In recognition of Society members for service to their chapter or to the Society.

  • Duane Friend, Illinois
  • Kelly Wolff, Arizona
  • Leah Duzy, Alabama

Chair’s Leadership Award

In recognition of exemplary assistance in helping to carry out the goals and objectives of the Soil and Water Conservation Society.

  • Andrew Sharpley, Arkansas
  • Catherine DeLong, Iowa
  • Iowa Chapter SWCS
  • Jorge Delgado, Colorado
  • Kris Johnson, Minnesota
  • Rex Martin, Missouri

Conservation Research Award

In recognition of Society members or teams of members whose research has led to exceptional improvements in soil conservation, water conservation, and/or related natural resources research.

  • Marisol Berti, North Dakota
  • David Lobb, Manitoba, Canada

Best Research Paper for Impact and Quality Award

In recognition of the impact and quality of the following research paper:

Finney, D.M., J.S. Buyer, and J.P. Kaye. 2017. Living cover crops have immediate impacts on soil microbial community structure and function. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 72(4):361-373. https://doi.org/10.2489/jswc.72.4.361.

  • Denise Finney, Pennsylvania
  • Jeffrey S. Buyer, Maryland
  • Jason P. Kaye, Pennsylvania

Best Research Paper for Impact and Quality Honorable Mention

In recognition of the impact and quality of the following research paper:

Teague, W.R., S. Apfelbaum, R. Lal, U.P. Kreuter, J. Rowntree, C.A. Davies, R. Conser, M. Rasmussen, J. Hatfield, T. Wang, F. Wang, and P. Byck. 2016. The role of ruminants in reducing agriculture's carbon footprint in North America, Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 71(2):156-164. https://doi.org/10.2489/jswc.71.2.156.

  • W.R. Teague, Texas
  • Steven I. Apfelbaum, Wisconsin
  • Rattan Lal, Ohio
  • Urs Kreuter, Texas
  • Jason Rowntree, Michigan
  • Christian Davies, Texas
  • Russ Conser, Texas
  • Mark Rasmussen, Iowa
  • Jerry Hatfield, Iowa
  • Tong Wang, South Dakota
  • Fugui Wang, Wisconsin
  • Peter Byck, Arizona

Editor's Choice Award Winner

In recognition of the following article of excellence appearing in the “A” Section of the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation in the previous year:

Sanderson, J.S., C. Beutler, J.R. Brown, I. Burke, T. Chapman, R.T. Conant, J.D. Derner, M. Easter, S.D. Fuhlendorf, G. Grissom, J.E. Herrick, D. Liptzin, J.A. Morgan, R. Murph, C. Pague, I. Rangwala, D. Ray, R. Rondeau, T. Schulz, and T. Sullivan. 2020. Cattle, conservation, and carbon in the western Great Plains. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 75(1):5A-12A. https://doi.org/10.2489/jswc.75.1.5A.

  • John Sanderson, Colorado
  • Curtis Beutler, Colorado
  • Joel Brown, New Mexico
  • Ingrid C. Burke, Connecticut
  • Teresa Chapman, Colorado
  • Richard Conant, Colorado
  • Justin Derner, Wyoming
  • Mark Easter, Colorado
  • Samuel D. Fuhlendorf, Oklahoma
  • Grady Grissom, Colorado
  • Jeffrey Herrick, New mexico
  • Daniel Liptzin, Colorado
  • Jack Morgan, Colorado
  • Rachel Murph, Colorado
  • Chris Pague, Colorado
  • Imtiaz Rangwala, Colorado
  • David Ray, South Carolina
  • Renee Rondeau, Colorado
  • Terri Schulz, Colorado
  • Tim Sullivan, Colorado

Editor's Choice Honorable Mention

In recognition of the following article of excellence appearing in the “A” Section of the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation in the previous year:

Lal, R. 2020. Soil organic matter content and crop yield. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 75(2):27A-32A. https://doi.org/10.2489/jswc.75.2.27A.

  • Rattan Lal, Ohio

Editor's Choice Honorable Mention

In recognition of the following article of excellence appearing in the “A” Section of the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation in the previous year:

Moriasi, D.N., L.F. Duriancik, E.J. Sadler, T. Tsegaye, J.L. Steiner, M.A. Locke, T.C. Strickland, and D.L. Osmond. 2020. Quantifying the impacts of the Conservation Effects Assessment Project watershed assessments: The first fifteen years. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 75(3)57A-74A. https://doi.org/10.2489/jswc.75.3.57A.

  • Daniel Moriasi, Oklahoma
  • Lisa Duriancik, Virginia
  • John Sadler, North Carolina
  • Teferi Tsegaye, Kentucky
  • Jean Steiner, Kansas
  • Martin Locke, Mississippi
  • Timothy Strickland, Georgia
  • Deanna Osmond, North Carolina

Associate Editor Excellence Award

In recognition of associate editors for their contributions to the success and development of the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation.

  • Clark Gantzer, Missouri
  • J. Arbuckle, Iowa
  • Jane Johnson, Minnesota

Chapter Achievement Award

In recognition of chapters for significant achievements through a single activity conducted during the year.

  • California Nevada Chapter
  • Michigan Chapter
  • North Dakota Chapter
  • South Dakota Chapter
  • Wisconsin Chapter

Outstanding Chapter Award

In recognition for the chapter’s success in carrying out its overall program during the past year.

  • California Nevada
  • Iowa
  • Michigan
  • National Capital
  • Nebraska
  • South Dakota
  • Southern New England Chapter
  • Wisconsin

Melville H. Cohee Student Leader Conservation Scholarship

The Melville H. Cohee Student Leader Conservation Scholarship provides financial assistance to members of SWCS who are in their junior or senior year of full-time undergraduate study or are pursuing graduate level studies with a natural resources conservation orientation at a properly accredited college or university.

  • Christopher Burch, Pennsylvania

Kenneth E. Grant Research Scholarship

The Kenneth E. Grant Research Scholarship provides financial aid to members of SWCS for interdisciplinary graduate-level research on a conservation topic that will extend the SWCS mission of fostering the science and the art of soil, water, and related natural resource management research.

  • Lijing Gao, Iowa

WiN Conservationist of the Year Award

In recognition of an outstanding woman/farmer/producer/conservationist.

  • Jean Eells, Iowa

WiN Individual Award of Excellence Recipient

The Individual Award of Excellence is designed to recognize an individual who, over a period of-time, has contributed substantially and creatively to our Natural Resources Conservation profession. The recipient should exemplify excellence in a particular discipline and, possibly, multi-discipline efforts that promote excellence and creativity. The recipient should also demonstrate involvement in WiN.

  • Julie MacSwain, Oregon

WiN Group Award of Excellence Recipient

The Group Award of Excellence is designed to recognize a group who, over a period of-time, have contributed substantially and creatively to our Natural Resources Conservation profession. The group should exemplify excellence in a particular discipline and, possibly, multi-discipline efforts that promote excellence and creativity.

  • Powerhouse of Women - the FAB 5, Indiana