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2010 Pork Industry Environmental Stewards

by 5m Editor
16 September 2010, at 7:02am

US - The Pork Checkoff, along with its cosponsor, National Hog Farmer magazine, has selected four pork production operations to be honored as the 2010 Pork Industry Environmental Stewards.

The award, now in its 16th year, recognises producers who demonstrate a firm commitment to safeguarding the environment and their local communities.

This year's award recipients are:

  • Pembroke Oaks Farm, Wheatfield, Indiana
  • Ranch Creek Farm, Carroll, Iowa
  • Pleasant Hill Farm, Barnett, Missouri
  • L&M Daughtry Farm, Clinton, North Carolina

The Environmental Steward award winners were selected by judges represented by pork producers and environmental organisations. The judges reviewed applications from pork producers who are committed to upholding the ideal relationship between pork production and the environment. Their operations were evaluated on their manure management systems, water and soil conservation practices, odor-control strategies, farm aesthetics and neighbor relations, wildlife habitat promotion, innovative ideas used to protect the environment and an essay on the meaning of environmental stewardship.

"This year's winners of the prestigious award are yet another great group of pork producers," said Randy Brown, chair of the Environmental Stewards selection subcommittee and member of the National Pork Board. As a producer and past Environmental Steward award recipient he added, "The 2010 stewards are real-world examples of how producers live the 'We Care' principles every day as natural protectors of the environment and as good neighbors in their communities."

The award recipients will receive the recognition of their peers at the 2011 National Pork Industry Forum next March in Phoenix, Arizona.

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