2014-stewards-featurePig farmers know that better pork quality starts with improving the quality of the environment. The Pork Checkoff, along with its cosponsor, National Hog Farmer magazine, honored the 2014 Pork Industry Environmental Stewards at the 2015 National Pork Industry Forum for their commitment to safeguarding the environment and contributing to their local communities.

The 2014 award recipients are:

Like past Steward Award recipients, the Wessling and Stephens families manage their farms with an eye on sustainability and on their local communities. They do so while adhering to the U.S. pork industry’s We CareSM ethical principles.

“The 2014 Stewards clearly understand the comprehensive approach that producers need to take in raising pigs today,” said Lynn Harrison, chair of the Environmental Stewards selection subcommittee and former president of the National Pork Board. “From relying more on solar power to giving back to their communities, these Stewards have put their own stamp on raising high-quality pork for customers.”

The 2014 applicants’ farms were evaluated based on their manure management systems, water and soil conservation practices, odor-control strategies, farm aesthetics and neighbor relations, and wildlife habitat promotion. The applicants also authored an essay on the importance of environmental stewardship on their farm and how they implement innovative ideas to create tangible actions to safeguard and protect the environment.

Pig Farmer of the YearSM Award Focuses on the Future
The Environmental Stewards Award program ends its 20-year run with the 2014 class. A new award from the National Pork Board, America’s Pig Farmer of the YearSM, is set to begin on April 1, which builds on the foundation of the longtime Stewards Award.

All U.S. producers are welcome to apply April 1 to May 15. More details are available at americaspigfarmer.com or via the link on pork.org. Specific details also will be available through state pork associations.