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Date: 7/16/2009

Title: Seven U.S. Cattle Operations Win Environmental Award for 2009

DENVER - The members of the 2009 National Environmental Stewardship Award Selection Committee are extremely proud to announce this year’s regional award winners, hailing from diverse family cattle operations from across the United States.

“These operations have successfully conducted stewardship practices that serve as exemplary models for all cattle producers. They are actively working to protect and improve the environment and have proven that stewardship and good business can go hand-in-hand.  Each operation is committed to conservation and the cattle industry, which is evident through their leadership and practices.

“The seven regional winners have made extensive efforts to work closely with their local communities and government agencies, conservation and wildlife organizations including The Nature Conservancy, to assist in the development of conservation practices and valuable rangeland protection.  They have seen the value in building partnerships that strengthen their operation.  These folks showcase how the implementation of cooperative research efforts, educational events, partnerships and government programs can really pay off.

“We are also proud to announce that 2009 marks the 19th year of the Environmental Stewardship Award. Over the years, we have seen an exceptional number of applications, and we look forward to the continued growth of this prestigious award. We thank Dow AgroSciences LCC and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), for their dedication to sponsoring this award, which honors environmental innovation and perseverance among U.S. cattle producers.”

The 2009 Regional Environmental Stewardship Award Winners are:

-Region I:  Young’s Cattle Co., Belmont, Ohio

Rick & Jayne Young

Nominated by Ohio Cattlemen’s Association &

Belmont Soil and Water Conservation District

-Region II:  Greenview Polled Hereford Farms, Inc., Screven, Ga.

Jonathan (Jonny) Harris and Family
Nominated by Georgia Cattlemen’s Association

-Region III:  Eckenfels Farm, Sainte Genevieve, Mo.

Bob Eckenfels
Nominated by USDA - NRCS

-Region IV:  Stoney Point AgriCorp, Melissa, Texas

Mark Quinn and Family

Nominated by Texas Cattle Feeders Association

-Region V:  Pape Ranches Inc, Daniel, Wyo.

Norm & Barbara Pape, Fred & Michelle Pape, and David Pape

Nominated by Wyoming Stock Growers Association

-Region VI:  Leavitt Lake Ranches, Vina and Susanville, Calif.

Darrell, Callie, Ramsey and Dallice Wood

Nominated by California Cattlemen’s Association &

California Rangeland Trust

-Region VII:  Daybreak Ranch, Highmore, S.D.

Jim & Carol Faulstich, Adam & Jacquie Roth

Nominated by S.D. Grasslands Coalition

The 2009 Environmental Stewardship Award Selection Committee consists of past award winners, university faculty, federal and state government agencies, conservation and environmental organizations. The program is administered by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

Statement by the 2009 Environmental Stewardship Award Selection Committee  - Dave Petty, Chairman

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