Pork producers are committed to doing things right for the environment, and they care about the legacy they leave. To recognize producers who excel in these efforts, the Pork Checkoff and National Hog Farmer magazine are seeking applications for the 2013 Pork Industry Environmental Steward Award program.
“The stewards are real-world examples of how farmers who produce pork demonstrate the We Care principles every day as natural protectors of the environment and good neighbors in their communities,” says Lynn Harrison, chair of the Environmental Stewards selection subcommittee and former president of the National Pork Board.
This opportunity is open to U.S. pork production operations of all types and sizes that demonstrate a positive commitment to environmental stewardship. The 2013 application/nomination form is available online at pork.org, and the deadline is March 31, 2013.
Farms showcase sustainability
The 2012 Environmental Stewards included:
• Trail’s End Sow Farm, Ames, Okla.
• Dahl Family Farm, Dawson, Minn.
• Reed Family Farms, Ottumwa, Iowa
• Future View Farm, Willow Street, Pa.
“Stewardship is not just maintaining the environment, but making it better,” says Jeff Frey, who owns Future View Farm near Lancaster, Penn., with his wife, Sue. “We’re focused on doing the right thing every day on our farm.”
What makes for a good application?
State pork associations or individuals are invited to nominate pork producers or pork production operations for the 2013 Pork Industry Environmental Steward program. Typically, four farms will be selected following a critical review of:
• General production information
• Manure/nutrient management
• Soil conservation management efforts
• Water conservation management efforts
• Air quality management efforts
• Wildlife habitat management efforts
• Neighbor and community relations management efforts
• An essay on the meaning of environmental stewardship
In addition to a plaque and a financial reward, the 2013 recipients will be featured in National Hog Farmer’s magazine and website, as well as in other state pork association and Pork Checkoff publications, videos and promotional pieces. The 2013 award recipients will also be recognized at the annual Pork Industry Forum in 2014.
Protecting the environment is not only the right thing to do, but it’s also smart business, says Ryan Reed, a 2012 Environmental Steward who is proud to raise his family on a swine farm near Ottumwa, Iowa. “We strive to maintain the environment that has provided us with the ingredients to be successful pork producers.”
To nominate a pork producer for the 2013 Pork Industry Environmental Steward Award, visit Pork.org's Environmental Stewards page, or call the Pork Checkoff Service Center at 800-456-7675 for more information.