The Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village was the setting for the annual Governor’s Agricultural and Urban Conservation Awards held May 3.

Gov. John Carney, along with Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Shawn M. Garvin, Delaware Association of Conservation Districts President Robert Emerson and USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist Kasey Taylor, led a ceremony recognizing 2017’s honorees and signed a proclamation officially designating April 30 through May 7 as Soil and Water Stewardship Week in Delaware under the theme, “Healthy Soils Are Full of Life.”

New Castle County Conservation Award winners were John R. Stinson & Sons Inc., Hockessin, agriculture; and Dragon Run Tide Gate Repair, Delaware City, urban.

Kent County Conservation Award winners were Robbins Farms, Milford, agriculture; DE Turf, Frederica, urban.

Sussex County Conservation Award winners were James H. Baxter IV, Baxter Farms Inc., Georgetown, agriculture; and Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek, Dagsboro, urban.

Also receiving special recognition at the awards ceremony was Eason Li, a sixth-grader from Newark who attends The Independence School. Li was Delaware’s state-level winner in the Delaware Association of Conservation Districts’ annual conservation poster contest, qualifying his poster for entry representing Delaware in the National Association of Conservation Districts’ conservation poster contest, themed “We All Need Trees.”