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2022 Environmental Stewardship Award regional winners announced

Slideshow: NCBA will honor the national winner from the seven regions in April.

February 22, 2023

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Lamb Farms card on easel and group of seven people

REGION 1: The Lamb and Veazey families of Lamb Farms Inc., Oakfield, N.Y., farm more than 12,000 acres over three locations as part of their dairy operation. Located within three watersheds, Lamb Farms Inc.’s owners have made it a priority to operate their dairy with environmental practices at the forefront of their management decisions. By implementing strip tilling practices, the farm has dramatically reduced ground disturbance, allowing earthworms, fungi and other soil organisms to thrive, improving the farm’s soil health. The farm also uses a cover crop program which helps reduce the need for fertilizers and herbicides, prevents erosion and protects water quality. Two anaerobic digesters also capture methane and generate energy for electricity and clean natural gas.Photos courtesy of National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association recognized seven of the nation’s top cattle operations as Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) regional winners for their environmental conservation efforts Feb. 1 during the 2023 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show in New Orleans,. The regional winners will compete for the national award, which will be presented during NCBA’s Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., April 24-27.

“Farming and ranching families across the country continue to incorporate practices that protect and preserve land and water resources for future generations,” says NCBA President Don Schiefelbein. “These regional winners represent the cattle industry’s commitment to environmental stewardship.”

Established in 1991 by NCBA to recognize outstanding land stewards in the cattle industry, the Environmental Stewardship Award Program is generously sponsored by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Corteva Agriscience, McDonald’s, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Cattlemen’s Foundation. For more information, visit www.environmentalstewardship.org.

Learn more about the ESAP regional winners in this slideshow.

Source: National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

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