Six producers competing for coveted award

Jan 20, 2012
by WLJ

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) recognized six U.S. cattle operations in August for their commitment to sustaining their family operations by conserving land, resources and wildlife. Now these six producers are competing for the top honor, to be announced in February during the annual Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show in Nashville, TN.

Sponsored by Dow Agro- Sciences, USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Cattlemen’s Foundation (NCF), and NCBA, the Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) recognizes cattle operations that use superior conservation practices to sustain the land for future generations. Candidates are judged on management of water, wildlife, vegetation, soil, as well as the nominee’s leadership and the sustainability of his/her business as a whole. The ESAP award program is administered by NCF and NCBA.

“The sustainability and economic success of the U.S. cattle industry is dependent on healthy land and resources. And responsibly using and conserving resources is a priority for U.S.

cattlemen and women,” John Wallace, a representative from Dow AgroSciences, said. “All cattlemen, not just the six recognized last night, take pride in their conservation practices. But the six regional winners have dem onstrated a commitment to innovative practices and should be commended for their efforts.”

The six regional winners are The Masonic Village, Elizabethtown, PA; Daigle Farms, Ragley, LA, Matador Ranch, Matador, TX; M/M Feedlot, Parma, ID; Della Ranches and the Tanner Family of Grouse Creek, Grouse Creek, UT; and the Center of the Nation Cattle Company, Newell, SD.

Applications are being accepted for the 2012 Environmental Stewardship Award and are due on March 2, 2012. Any individual, group or organization is eligible to nominate one individual/business who raises or feeds cattle. Individuals and families may not nominate themselves. For more information, contact Jill DeLucero at 303/850-3321 or jdelu — WLJ