The National Pork Board today honored four farm families as recipients of the 2011 Pork Industry Environmental Stewards Award at the annual National Pork Industry Forum being held in Denver, CO. The award, now in its 18th year, recognizes producers who demonstrate a firm commitment to safeguarding the environment and their local communities.
The 2011 award recipients are:
“These four families, in addition to being committed stewards of the land, are great representatives of the thousands of pork producers who work every day to protect our environment and to be good neighbors in their communities,” says Everett Forkner, president of the National Pork Board and a pork producer from Richards, MP. “We are pleased that we can honor them here at our annual meeting as examples of how pork producers demonstrate the We Care principles every day.”
The Pork Checkoff honors the stewards with a cash award, a plaque, a video and with coverage in the Pork Checkoff Report magazine. The Stewards also are featured in National Hog Farmer magazine, co-sponsor of the Environmental Stewards program.
The Environmental Steward award winners were selected by judges representing pork producers and environmental organizations. 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.
The National Pork Board is receiving applications and nominations for the 2012 Pork Industry Environmental Steward Award winners. The deadline is March 31. More information, as well as applications, can be found online at www.pork.org or by calling (800) 456-7675.