Sustainable farmer, advocate receive conservation award from Virginia Cooperative Extension

Mark Schonbeck (left) and C.J. Isbell (right) were recognized by Virginia Cooperative Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service for their commitment to sustainability and soil health.

Mark Schonbeck (left) and C.J. Isbell (right) were recognized by Virginia Cooperative Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service for their commitment to sustainability and soil health.

BLACKSBURG, Va., Feb. 8, 2016 – Virginia Cooperative Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service recently presented Mark Schonbeck and C.J. Isbell with the Soil Health and Water Quality Award for their contributions to conservation in the state of Virginia.

The award was created in partnership between Extension, USDA-NRCS, and the Virginia Soil Health Coalition, and is sponsored by Houff Feed and Fertilizer. The award commemorates former Houff salesman, Carl G. Luebben, who was known for his prolific soil health research, papers, and mentorship of conservation professionals.

Schonbeck and Isbell received their plaques from Duane McAllister of Houff Feed and Fertilizer and Dan Luebben, son of the award’s namesake, at the Virginia Farm-to-Table Conference in Weyers Cave, Virginia.

The senior Luebben, who passed away in October of last year, previously served on the Virginia Farm Bureau Board, the Shenandoah Resource Conservation and Development Council, and the Shenandoah Valley Soil and Water Conservation District.

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