Conservation and Water Quality Award

Rich White, Executive Director of Iowa Limestone Producers Association, receives state award for dedication to soil and water conservation

Rich White, Executive Director of Iowa Limestone Producers Association, received the Division of Soil Conservation and Water Quality Award on August 30, 2016 at the 70th Annual Iowa Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioners Annual Conference at Prairie Meadows Conference Center in Altoona.

Rich has been Executive Director of the Iowa Limestone Producers Association (ILPA) for 17 years. He will retire later this year. There are many parallels between the Aggregate Mining Industry and the Agricultural community. Rich has been instrumental and supportive of Ag-lime research to develop better products for Farm Operators to sustain healthy productive soils. In addition, he has actively encouraged the ILPA to promote the inter-connections between Agriculture and the Aggregate Industry because many facilities are located in rural communities and share a common interest in the kinds of land development and urbanization that occurs. Rich’s support for a Mineral inspector within IDALS-DSCWQ demonstrates the mining industry’s serious interest in the permitting and reclamation efforts and to maintain the highest responsibility standards in Iowa’s mining industry.

Below is an image of Jim Gillespie with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship-Division of Soil Conservation and Water Quality presenting the award to Rich White with Dale Farnham, State Soil Conservation Committee Chair.


From left to right: Jim Gillespie, Rich White, and Dale Farnham


For additional information contact Clare Lindahl, Executive Director with Conservation Districts of Iowa, phone: 515.289.8300, email:

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them about the importance and practicality of maintaining
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Priorities of the District

  • Protect and conserve soil resources
  • Educate and inform the public about urban issues, innovative best management practices, and provide environmental education programs and materials to Polk County schools
  • Assist farmers and communities in land management decisions to protect soil and water resources
  • Protect the quality of surface waters of Polk County
  • Conserve, Enhance and Protect Wildlife Habitat
  • Protect Wetlands and encourage the use of native plant species on rural and urban landscapes
  • Manage State cost-share funds for the promotion of these priorities
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