Okabena farmer honored as Environmental Steward

Larry Liepold and family recognized during Minnesota Pork Congress.

Larry and Jill Liepold, of Okabena, and their family were recognized by the Minnesota Pork Board with an Environmental Steward award.
Special to The Globe

MANKATO — The Minnesota Pork Board recognized Larry Liepold, Okabena, as the 2022 Environmental Steward of the Year award recipient during its ceremony that preceded the Minnesota Pork Congress.

Liepold is a fact and science-based supporter who challenges the status quo and embraces change easily if it proves to benefit the environment and is fiscally responsible. His involvement and leadership on committees and boards across all levels of pork production exposed him to a world of different opinions and practices within the industry.

Liepold joined the Minnesota Pork Producers Association executive board in the 1990s, and served as president of the association in 2001, 2004 and 2005. He also advocated for agriculture on the National Pork Producers Council.

More than 15 years ago, Liepold implemented strip-tillage on his farm, and he now plants cover crops as well.

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