Farmland Owner Legacy Award + On-Farm Conservation Event

Wednesday, July 10 | 5 – 8 p.m. | Slater, IA

Tesdell FD 7.13 (8)Lee Tesdell is Practical Farmers’ 2019 Farmland Owner Legacy Award recipient. This award is granted annually to landowners who help the next generation get started, advance land stewardship and promote long-term sustainability of farm businesses, environmental quality and rural communities. Lee and guest speakers will discuss conservation and solar energy generation, and Lee will receive the Farmland Owner Legacy Award at this field day.

RSVP by July 5

HOST: Lee Tesdell | Tesdell Century Farm | (515) 201-6454 |


Amanda Brown – Polk County Soil and Water Conservation District

Tim Youngquist – Iowa State University prairie STRIPS project

Lisa Schulte Moore – ISU Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management

Adam Kiel – Iowa Soybean Association Environmental Programs and Services

Charles Helland – farms Lee’s land with brother, Mike

Mike Helland – farms Lee’s land with brother, Charles

Todd Hammen – Iowa Energy Alternatives

Thomas Fawcett – Heartland Co-op


Lee Tesdell owns Tesdell Century Farm, which has been in his family since 1884. He works with his tenants, Charles and Mike Helland – who raise row crops on 60 acres – to address soil conservation and water quality issues by implementing both edge-of-field and in-field practices. Lee uses the web-based People in Ecosystems/Watershed Integration tool, developed by ISU, as an assessment and planning tool for their conservation efforts. He also raises 5 acres of sheep hay, and the rest of the farm consists of buffers along Alleman Creek (Four Mile Creek watershed) and a waterway.


  • In-field and edge-of-field conservation practices
  • Photovoltaic solar energy generation
  • Using drone imagery for conservation
  • Integrating prairie strips


LOCATION: 300 NW 158th Ave. Slater 50244


From the north on I-35: Take Exit 102 and turn right (west) onto IA Hwy 210. After 1.5 miles, turn left (south) onto U.S. 69. After 2 miles, turn right (west) onto NE 158th Avenue; drive 1.1 miles and look for the stucco house with white buildings.

From the south on I-35: Take Exit 96 and turn left (west) onto NE 126th Avenue. Drive 1.5 miles to U.S. 69 / Ankeny Boulevard; turn right (north). Drive 4 miles north and turn left (west) onto NE 158th Avenue. Drive 1.1 miles and look for the stucco house with white buildings.


The event will start with supper, featuring tacos from Victor’s Mexican Restaurant in Huxley. Please RSVP by clicking the blue button below. 

We take RSVP numbers to get an idea of the amount of food that we need to provide for the event. If you RSVP after the deadline but before the event, you are still welcome, but we cannot guarantee a meal.

RSVP by July 5

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