Ranchers Recognized for Environmental Stewardship
DENVER - During the Cattle Industry Summer Conference, beef ranchers and farmers from across the country were awarded for going above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to environmental stewardship.
NCBA's Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP), now in its 20th year, was created to recognize beef producers who make environmental stewardship a priority on their farms and ranches while they also improve production and profitability. These environmental stewards serve as spokespeople for the cattle industry by sharing their stories of conservation and environmental practices.
John Wallace, representative of Dow AgroSciences, which sponsors the program said the awards showcase cattle production's compatibility with environmental stewardship.
"These ranchers are outstanding," Wallace said. "They not only maintain the land, they improve it. It is all about sustainability."
During the Cattle Industry Summer Conference, seven regional Environmental Stewardship Awards were presented. Cleremont Farm (Upperville, Va.); Deseret Cattle & Citrus (St. Cloud, Fla.); Couser Cattle Company (Nevada, Iowa); JA Ranch (Bowie, Texas); Mesa De Maya Ranch (Branson Colo.); T.N. Ranching Company and Tavaputs Ranch (Price Utah); and Sproul Ranch (Sedan, Kan.). A national award winner will be recognized during the 2011 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and NCBA Trade Show that will be held Feb. 2-5.