Bailey Joins Sand County Foundation as Leopold Conservation Award Program’s Western Director

MADISON, Wis. – David Bailey of Liberty, Utah has been hired to manage Sand County Foundation’s Leopold Conservation Award program in western states.

Sand County Foundation is a national non-profit conservation group that works with farmers, ranchers, foresters, and other private landowners to improve soil health, water quality and wildlife habitat.

The Leopold Conservation Award ( recognizes farmers, ranchers and foresters for their outstanding conservation achievements on working land.

The expanding program is currently offered in 14 states. Bailey will manage the award program in California, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota and Utah. He joins Sand County Foundation with broad experience in agriculture and working directly with farmers and ranchers.

Bailey’s most recent work experience was as a relationship manager of commercial and agribusiness accounts for Zions Bank. Prior to that he served as the Utah Farm Bureau Federation’s Vice President of Organization, where he managed its Young Farmer and Rancher program.

“I’m thrilled to begin working with the Sand County Foundation team and to represent the Leopold Conservation Award in western states,” Bailey said. “I have great respect and admiration for farmers and ranchers and I’m excited to be able to help honor their conservation achievements.

Bailey, who has worked as a farm manager, professional hunting guide, and owned a woodworking business, earned a degree in agriculture systems technology from Utah State University in 2002. Bailey is an owner of the farm he grew up on near Liberty, Utah.

Bailey and his wife Sharleen and their six children reside in rural Utah.


Sand County Foundation is the nation’s leading voice for private conservation. Based in Madison, the non-profit organization is dedicated to working with private landowners to advance the use of ethical and scientifically sound land management practices that benefit the environment.


By Tucker Allmer - The BARN

Tucker Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.

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