Pioneer Award Winners

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

On February 11, the eve of the Center for Rural Affairs’ 7th Annual MarketPlace entrepreneurship conference in West Point, the Center for Rural Affairs will present their 2012 Bob Steffen Pioneer Award to Dave and Deb Welsch of Milford, Nebraska.

This honor is bestowed by the Center’s Rural Opportunities and Stewardship Program each year to a person or persons who make an extraordinary contribution to the work of the program and provide a model for innovation, stewardship or community development.

Dave and Deb are being honored for their integrity, leadership and extraordinary efforts in sustainable agriculture at a special awards banquet in West Point, Nebraska.

"It is quite an honor for Deb and me to be recognized with an award with Bob Steffen's name on it,” said Dave Welsch. “To be recognized in connection with the type of work he did for a lifetime, work that we are doing a fraction of on our farm, is very special." Dave and Deb are organic farmers and owner-operators of West Blue Farm.

“They have supported the work of the Center for a number of years – both in our policy work and in the work of the Rural Opportunities and Stewardship Program,” said Kathie Starkweather, Rural Stewardship and Opportunities Program Director for the Center for Rural Affairs.

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