Nominations are being currently accepted for the 2014 Environmental Stewardship Awards Program.
Doing one’s part to combine business and saving the environment together is cause for celebration; that is just what the National Cattlemen’s Foundation and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association do as they accept nominations for their 2014 annual Environmental Stewardship Awards Program (ESAP). [emember_protected custom_msg=”Click here and register now to read the rest of the article!”]
Currently in its twenty-third year, the awards program acknowledges the stewardship practices and conservation efforts of U.S. cattle producers nationwide. The program consists of regional and national winners who have made strides in improving the habitats of fish and wildlife while also continuing the success of their cattle operations.
“While the program highlights stewardship, it also provides fellow cattle producers with examples and ideas which may be useful on their own farm and ranch,” says Jill DeLucero, senior account manager for NCBA. “The common trait among all winners is the desire to leave the land in better shape for future generations while also inspiring the next generation of land stewards.”
The Environmental Stewardship Award Selection Committee, who represents conservation organizations, universities, and federal and state agencies, selects the nominees each year. Area judges view how the business manages the quality of wildlife, vegetation, air, water, and soil on their property, as well as their leadership skills and business capabilities overall.
Nominees are to describe what ecological features and natural resources are within their business property, as well as the history of the property and general details of their cattle business for consumers.
Once the winners are chosen, an awards presentation will be held that will recognize not just the winners, but also the selection process and program history. At least 300 cattle producers typically attend the event. The program also gives cattle producers the opportunity to let others know more about their operations.
“Cattle producers from across the nation continually host stewardship tours for other producers and consumers to learn about their stewardship practices that make them unique. These also serve as informational events that showcase the right things being done on America’s farms and ranches,” Jill concludes.