(Le Mars) — Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig was in Le Mars Thursday to present the “Gary Wergin Good Neighbor Farmer Award” to Bob and Lisa Peutz. The Peutz family was the 157th recipient of the state honor since it began. The “Gary Wergin-Good Neighbor Award” is sponsored by the Coalition to Support Iowa Farmers, an organization that comprises of Iowa’s nine farm groups and commodity organizations. Naig says it is important to recognize those farmers, like the Puetz’s, who are doing the right things in protecting the land and water, and caring for their livestock.
Naig says too many times, the general public may have the wrong idea of farmers, and recognizing Bob and Lisa Puetz for doing the right things, helps spread the word about the good things that are happening in Iowa agriculture.
Pictured from left to right, Bob Quinn with WHO radio, Brian Waddingham, Executive Director of Coalition To Support Iowa Farmers; Lisa Puetz, Bob Puetz, and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Naig.
Bob and Lisa Puetz were nominated by the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee. The nomination cited Puetz’ many conservation practices including no-till, terraces, grass waterways with rock chutes, filter strips, In addition to his many conservation efforts, Bob Puetz uses an umbilical cord to distribute manure from his 9,000 head feeder pig nursery with low disturbance application due to the proximity to the local golf course and city limits. He has planted tree windbreaks near his hog facilities to help deflect livestock odors and to offer habitat for wildlife.
Bob Puetz was appreciative of receiving the statewide honor.
Puetz, then introduced his family members including three sons and a daughter and daughter-in-law. He joked about how conversations would go back and forth as to whether his children would receive his inheritance.
The Puetz family attended the Thursday awards ceremony and posed for photos.
Puetz thanked his friends for appearing at Thursday’s ceremony and acknowledged some of the organizations for which he is involved.
Puetz is a Commissioner on the Plymouth County Soil and Water Conservation District. He is a board member of the Deep Creek Water Quality Project, and is a past president of the local chapter of Pheasants Forever. Bob and Lisa Puetz were able to take home a second award as the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee awarded the farm couple with the “Outstanding Service to Agriculture honor.
Chamber Agriculture Committee Chair, Micah Lang made the presentation. Lang says the award was originally scheduled to be presented to Bob and Lisa Puetz during the 2020 Chamber Agriculture Business Luncheon, which was to be in March of last year, but due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, chamber officials decided to cancel that event.