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Toledo native Kevin Cooper named School Conservation Teacher of the Year

September 10, 2019
Special to The Chronicle , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Rural Toledo native and 1978 graduate of South Tama Hgih School, Kevin Cooper is not only a teacher and Nevada, Iowa, High School's FFA advisor, but also a landowner and farmer. He has been named 2019 state winner as Conservation Teacher of the Year representing the Story county Soil and Water Conservation District.

"I learned everything about conservation from my father, Richard Cooper, who experimented with no-till farming back in 1972, " Randy said. "I have fond memories of planting hundreds of pine trees on very steep sloped land, also." The late Ricahrd Cooper farmed north and west of Toledo and also had served as postmaster at both Toledo and at Tama.

His brothers Rick Cooper DVM and Randy Cooper who live here.

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The Iowa Soil Conservation program recognized Kevin saying,"because he is so immersed in the world of agriculture, he is able to provide his students with opportunities to take field trips and see conservation practices such as interseeding of oats into soybeans to provide a cover crop, riparian buffer strips, waterways, and terraces.

"He provides his students the opportunity to see just how important soil conservation and water quality is by sharing data from his twelve years of no-till farming, his experience with the CSP (conservation stewardship program), and even water samples taken from his farm for analysis. Because soil is one of our world's most important resources, his students also learn how to use the word "soil" and not dirt.

"Kevin proudly shows his hard work and conservation practices to not only his students, but to thousands of people by boasting his "No Till Soybean" sign right off a busy highway, letting people see conservation at work."

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"I learned

everything about

conservation from my father, Richard Cooper, who experimented with no-till farming back in 1972"

-Kevin Cooper

 
 
 

 

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