Pork Checkoff Announces 2012 Pork Industry Environmental Stewards
The Pork Checkoff, along with its cosponsor, National Hog Farmer magazine, has selected four pork farms to be honored as the 2012 Pork Industry Environmental Stewards. The award, now in its 18th year, recognizes producers who demonstrate a firm commitment to safeguarding the environment and their local communities.
This year's award recipients are:
• Future View Farm, Willow Street, Pa.
• Trail’s End Sow Farm, Ames, Okla.
• Reed Family Farms, Ottumwa, Iowa
• Dahl Family Farm, Dawson, Minn.
The Environmental Steward award winners were selected by a panel represented by pork producers and environmental organizations. The committee reviewed applications from pork producers who are committed to upholding the ideal relationship between pork production and the environment. The applicants’ farms 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 environmental stewardship.
"Once again, the winners of this prestigious award consist of yet another great group of pork producers," said Lynn Harrison, chair of the Environmental Stewards selection subcommittee and former president of the National Pork Board. "The 2012 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 as good neighbors in their communities."
The award recipients will receive the recognition of their peers at the 2013 National Pork Industry Forum next March in Orlando, Fla.
For further information on any of these producers, contact Mike King at email@example.com or Allan Stokes at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any further questions, you can call the Pork Checkoff Service Center at (800) 456-7675. To submit an application for the 2012 Class of Environmental Stewards, fill out this form.