Kentucky Ag News

Louisville cattle farm wins Kentucky Leopold Conservation Award


Special to KAN

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Sand County Foundation and the Kentucky Agricultural Council (KAC) have announced that Sherwood Acres LLC is the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Kentucky Leopold Conservation Award, which honors Kentucky landowner achievement in voluntary stewardship and management of natural resources


Sherwood Acres, a cattle operation outside of Louisville, is owned and operated by Jon Bednarski and his wife, Sylvia. They raise Belted Galloway beef, which are marketed locally through a retail outlet, farmers' markets and online sales.

Jon Bednarski was recently honored with the Oldham County Master Conservationist and the Kentucky Master Conservationist awards for outstanding conservation practices on the land and for his role in educating others.

The Leopold Conservation Award is presented in honor of renowned conservationist and author Aldo Leopold, who called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage. Award applicants are judged based on their demonstration of improved resource conditions, innovation, long-term commitment to stewardship, sustained economic viability, community and civic leadership and multiple use benefits.

“The KAC is so proud to have Jon and Sylvia Bednarski as the first winners of the Kentucky Leopold Conservation Award. We had 19 outstanding applicants from across the Commonwealth -- which shows the deep interest in the award, as well as the long-held commitment by Kentucky farmers and landowners to conservation,” said Kentucky Agricultural Council Chairman Tony Brannon. “We are so honored that Sand County Foundation chose to bring the Leopold Conservation Award Program to Kentucky and that the Kentucky Agricultural Council chose to coordinate this activity for the agriculturalists in our Commonwealth. We are most especially pleased to showcase the award finalists at the 2013 Kentucky Ag Summit on Nov. 14.”

“Aldo Leopold wrote that a farm is the owner’s portrait of himself. The Bednarksi family’s portrait features clean water, profitable grazing, and important community outreach. For that we thank them,” said Brent M. Haglund, President, Sand County Foundation.

The Kentucky Agricultural Council will present the $10,000 Leopold Conservation Award and a crystal depicting Aldo Leopold during a celebration of the Bednarski family and the other finalists at the Kentucky Ag Summit, Nov. 14-15.