Republican Del. Steve Landes received a "Legislator of the Year" award Monday in Waynesboro.
He was honored by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for his support of agriculture best-management practices.
While opinions on the importance of the issue differ, farm conservation is something both Landes and Democratic candidate Greg Marrow are concerned about.
Farmer Steve Saufley is concerned about the environment and says he'll be listening to what the candidates have to say about farming and water conservation.
"Think it will be a big issue for the candidates. Think it will be an important issue for those people who are looking to the candidates who want to see their way of life preserved and their area preserved," says Saufley.
Monday morning, Landes was recognized for his support of farm conservation, which he says it'll be an important issue this fall.
"I think the environment is always of concern to voters, and at least especially the people I represent," says Landes.
Landes' opponent, Marrow, doesn't think this will be too big of an issue in this election, but he does want to work on farming and the environment.
"The fact that Del. Landes was recognized for his efforts is great. I think we can do a lot more," says Marrow.
Landes has been focusing on agriculture best-management practices and says there are still other things to be done.
"And I'm not sure what those are at this point. We've been concentrating on this for the last two years, so we're going to kind of regroup now and see what other priorities are out there," says Landes.
While Landes is working on the next step, Marrow is working on ideas of his own, combining issues like unemployment and the environment.
"A lot of the job creation I want to do are green jobs, green-collar jobs that actually revolve around preservation, conservation of water quality, air quality," says Marrow.
Both men agree that farming is an important industry for the district and they hope this issue stays on the table.