Paterson wheat farmer honored for leadership

Wheat farmer Nicole Berg-Tobin, 40, of Paterson, received the national Olin Sims Conservation Leadership Award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The award recognizes her superior service to the conservation community in promoting and leading conservation on private lands.

The award was presented during the National Association of Conservation Districts' annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn. The award is named for the late Olin Sims, conservation leader and NACD president from Wyoming.

Berg-Tobin serves as the South-Central Area director for the Washington Association of Conservation Districts and is a Washington Wheat Growers' representative on the NRCS State Technical Advisory Committee.

She is a third generation wheat farmer and former board chairwoman for the Benton Conservation District.