Mt-Glen Farms has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 Pennsylvania Leopold Conservation Award.

Dean and Rebecca Jackson own and operate the third-generation dairy farm located near Columbia Cross Roads in Bradford County. Mt-Glen Farms is known for protecting the environment while raising high-quality dairy cattle. The Jacksons use agricultural conservation practices to retain nutrients on the soil, while protecting water quality.

Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the award recognizes farmers, ranchers and foresters in 20 states who inspire others with their dedication to land, water and wildlife habitat management on private, working land.

The Jackson family was presented with $10,000 and a crystal award at the 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show, January 10 in Harrisburg. The award is presented in Pennsylvania by Heinz Endowments, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and Sand County Foundation.

“The Heinz Endowments’ sustainability program promotes community health and vitality through sustainable food systems, and as part of this work we are pleased to cosponsor the Leopold Conservation Award. We believe the Leopold Conservation Award, and the outstanding leadership in agriculture that it recognizes, plays an important role in encouraging the growth of Pennsylvania’s sustainable agriculture movement,” said Andrew McElwaine, Vice President of Sustainability for The Heinz Endowments.

“Dean and Rebecca Jackson provide us with the ultimate example of how farmers build upon their environmental stewardship successes. Throughout the years, they’ve added new conservation practices after new conservation practices to improve overall soil quality, while preventing runoff and erosion at Mt-Glen Farms,” said Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President Rick Ebert. “The Jackson’s commitment and attention to detail is also demonstrated in the internationally-recognized genetics of their Holstein cows and the overall success of their dairy and crop farm.”

“Farmers make their living off the land so it’s intuitive for these private landowners to apply conservation practices in a way that benefits their business and the environment,” Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said. “When we use best conservation practices, it shows respect to the communities beyond our own property.”

Among the many outstanding landowners nominated for the award were finalists: Glen Cauffman of Millerstown in Perry County and Troy Firth of Spartansburg in Crawford County. The first Pennsylvania Leopold Conservation Award was presented last year to the DiFebo family (Harvest Home Farms) of Bangor.

The Leopold Conservation Award in Pennsylvania is made possible thanks to the generous contributions from platinum sponsor, Heinz Endowments, and the assistance and support of Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, Sand County Foundation, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Center for Dairy Excellence, Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association and The Nature Conservancy in Pennsylvania.

For more information on the award, visit www.leopoldconservationaward.org.