Nomination season for the 17th Annual Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) is now open. Any organization, group or individual can submit a nomination on behalf of a U.S. cattle producer.

Established in 1991 by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and sponsored by Dow AgroSciences and the Natural Resource Conservation Service, the program recognizes outstanding stewardship and conservation achievements of U.S. cattle producers. A committee representing academia, conservation groups, and federal and state agencies selects seven regional winners. Those seven regional winners then compete for the national award.

Deadline for 2007 ESAP applications is March 17, 2007. Visit or call 202-347-0228 for a copy of the application.
-- Joe Roybal