An environmental recognition program spob=nsored by National Pork Producers Council and National Hog Farmer.

Environmental stewardship requires constant work and a serious commitment. The Environmental Stewardship Awards Program is for pork producers with all types and sizes of production systems who demonstrate their positive contribution to our natural environment.

Applications and nominations for this recognition may be submitted by pork producers, operation managers and other industry-related professionals. One progressive pork production system in each of four regions in the U.S. is selected annually. A national selection committee, comprised of experts from various pork industry and natural resource organizations, reviews all nominations.

The committee focuses on seven key areas: general production information, manure management, financial management, aesthetics and neighbor relations, wildlife management, innovation and an essay on the meaning of environmental stewardship. Each winner receives a special plaque, an expense-paid trip to the awards ceremony and a $1,000 cash honorarium. All nominations must be postmarked by March 1.

For more information on the Environmental Stewardship Program or for nomination forms, call (800) 456-7675, or write: National Pork Producers Council, P.O. Box 10383, Des Moines, IA 50306; forms will be posted on these Web sites in December, January and February: www.nppc.org or www.nationalhogfarmer.com.

A Message From National Hog Farmer Environmental stewardship means responsible, respectful care of our natural resources. It requires constant attention to production practices, manure management programs and a balanced approach to pork production while safeguarding our air, land and water supply.

The four production systems presented here are excellent examples of pork producers' commitment to a quality environment, often with a twist of innovation. These winners represent families and management teams working hard to protect the environment placed in their care. They apply new, innovative ideas and time-tested management practices to ensure their pork production systems remain in harmony with the environment.

National Hog Farmer is proud to partner with the National Pork Producers Council and Alpharma Animal Health in bringing pork producers and the public the positive environmental stories portrayed in the 2000 class of Environmental Stewards of thePork Industry. It is our hope that this tradition of recognizing outstanding stewardship, begun in 1994, will generate more thought-provoking ideas and serve as an inspiration for the nation's pork producers as they work hard to be environmentally conscious citizens.