The sustainability and economic success of the U.S. cattle industry is dependent on healthy land and resources.
At the 2011 Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Kissimmee, FL, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) recognized six U.S. cattle operations for their commitment to sustaining their family operations by conserving land, resources and wildlife through the Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP). For 21 years, ESAP has recognized U.S. cattle producers for outstanding stewardship and conservation practices.
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
- Center of the Nation Cattle Company, Newell, SD
These six operations were recognized as regional Environmental Stewardship Award (ESA) winners on Aug. 2 during the 2011 Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Kissimmee, FL. The six operations will now compete for the national ESA, which will be announced in February 2012 during the annual Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show in Nashville, TN.
Sponsored by Dow AgroSciences; USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS); U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; National Cattlemen’s Foundation (NCF); and NCBA, 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 and soil, as well as the nominee’s leadership and the sustainability of his/her business as a whole. ESAP is administered by NCF and NCBA.