A Dade County farmer who picked up his first copy of A Sand County Almanac while in college will learn later this week if he’s the newest recipient of the award named for its author.  David Haubein is one of three finalists for the Aldo Leopold Conservation Award, sponsored by Missouri Farmers Care, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council and the Sand County Foundation.  Haubein says after first reading the book while at Mizzou, he began embracing Leopold’s teachings on his farm.

Haubein introduced cover crops and promoted the growth of native grassland pastures on his family’s sixth-generation farm.  He explains one of Leopold’s lessons that farmers should consider when exploring conservation practices for their farm.

Haubein, along with Kenny Brinker of Callaway County and John Scherder of Ralls County, will learn who among them will win the Leopold Conservation Award this Thursday at the 48th Governor’s Conference on Agriculture.

David Haubein was our guest Monday afternoon on Ag Insight: