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Date: 7/12/2006

Title: Cattle Operations Win Top Environmental Award

WASHINGTON - “The members of the 2006 National Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) Selection Committee* are extremely proud to announce this year’s seven regional award winners, hailing from diverse family cattle operations from across the United States.

“These families have successfully conducted stewardship practices that can serve as exemplary models for all cattle producers. They are actively working to protect and improve the environment and have proven that environmental stewardship and good business can go hand-in-hand. Everyone can learn something from these folks and what they do every day.”

“The seven regional winners have made extensive efforts to work closely with their local communities and government agencies, including the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), to implement conservation programs that benefit everyone. They have seen the value in utilizing tools such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) on their operations. These folks showcase how the implementation of cooperative research efforts, educational events and government programs can really pay off.”

“We are also proud to announce that 2006 marks the 16th year of the Environmental Stewardship Award Program. Over the years, we have seen an exceptional number of applications and we look forward to the continued growth of this prestigious award program. We thank Dow AgroSciences LCC and the NRCS for their dedication to sponsoring an award program that honors environmental innovation and perseverance among U.S. cattle producing families.”

The 2006 Regional ESAP Winners are...

-Region I:  Blight Family Farms in Albion, Michigan

 Nominated by Michigan State University Extension

-Region II:  Hayston Farms in Mansfield, Georgia
Nominated by Georgia Cattlemen’s Association

-Region III:  Clan Farms in Atlantic, Iowa
Nominated by Iowa Cattlemen’s Association

-Region IV:  San Pedro Ranch in Carrizo Springs, Texas

 Nominated by the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association

-Region V:  Thaler Land & Livestock in LaGrange, Wyoming

 Nominated by Wyoming Stock Growers Association

-Region VI:  Diablo Trust Ranches in Coconino County, Arizona

 Nominated by Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association

-Region VII:  Brown’s Gelbvieh Ranch in Bismark, North Dakota

 Nominated by North Dakota Stockmen’s Association


The 2006 ESAP Selection Committee consists of past award winners, university faculty, federal and state government agencies, conservation and environmental organizations. The program is administered by NCBA and sponsored by Dow AgroSciences LCC and the NRCS.

The 2006 National Winner will be selected from one of the seven ESAP Regional Winners and revealed at the 2007 Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, Tennessee next February. For PHOTOS OF THE WINNING RANCHES or additional information, contact NCBA’s Washington D.C. office at 202-347-0228. 



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