National Environmental Stewardship Award Honors Seven U.S. Cattle Operations
Seven diverse U.S. cattle operations were recognized here last night as regional winners of the 2010 Environmental Stewardship Award, a program that has honored farm and ranching families for outstanding resource management since 1991. Winners were announced at a reception during the 2010 Cattle Industry Summer Conference, being held here July 28 – Aug. 1.
The ESAP award is sponsored by Dow AgroSciences; USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS); the National Cattlemen’s Foundation (NCF); and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). Winners are chosen from each of NCBA’s seven regions and will compete for the national award, to be presented at the cattle industry’s winter meeting in February 2011.
“To be successful in the long run, farms and ranches have to be sustainable both environmentally and economically,” said Dave Owens, a marketing executive for award sponsor Dow AgroSciences. “You see that tradition in these regional winners. It’s not uncommon in the beef industry, but it is worth noting. So much of the hard work and personal investment is done by people who don’t call attention to themselves.”
The seven regional winners are:
Region I: Cleremont Farm, G.P. , Loudoun County, Va.
Ann-Mari Lindgren Horkan, the late George Horkan Jr., Carl Lindgren, Tony Horkan and the late Lorna Talbot
Nominated by the Virginia Cattlemen’s Association and Thomas Massie Jr., DVM, president, Virginia Veterinarian Medical Association
Region II: Deseret Cattle & Citrus, Orange, Brevard and Osceola Counties, Fla.
Erik Jacobsen, general manager
Nominated by the Florida Cattlemen’s Association
Region III: Couser Cattle Co., Nevada, Iowa
Bill and Nancy Couser
Nominated by Iowa Cattlemen’s Association
Region IV: JA Ranch, Bowie, Texas
J.K. “Rooter” Brite Jr. and Family
Nominated by Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and the Texas Section, Society for Range Management
Region V: Mesa De Maya Ranch, Branson, Colo.
John and Carolyn Doherty; Joe and Lisa Doherty
Nominated by Colorado Cattlemen’s Association
Region VI: TN Ranching Co. and Tavaputs Ranch, Price, Utah
Butch and Jeanie Jensen, Tate Jensen, Jennie Jensen, Jim and Klenell Jensen
Nominated by the Utah Cattlemen’s Association
Region VII: Sproul Ranch, Sedan, Kan.
Bill and Peggy Sproul
Nominated by the Kansas Livestock Association
The 2010 ESAP Award Selection Committee consists of past award winners, university faculty, federal and state government agencies, conservation/environmental organizations. Any group, organization or individual may nominate a U.S. producer for the award. Candidates are judged on management of water, wildlife, vegetation, soil, as well as the nominee’s leadership and the sustainability of his/her business as a whole. The ESAP award program is administered by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, based in Denver, Colo.
Reg. 1: Del., Ind., Ky., Maine, M.D., Mich., N.J., N.Y., Ohio, Pa., Vt., Va., West Va.
Reg. II: Ala., Fla., Ga., La., Miss., N.C., S.C., Tenn.
Region III: Ill., Iowa, Minn., Mo., Wis.
Region IV: Ark., Okla., Texas
Region V: Colo., Idaho, Mont., Ore., Wash., Wyo.
Region VI: Ariz., Calif., Hawaii, Nev., N.M., Utah
Region VII: Kan., Neb., N.D., S.D.
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) has represented America's cattle producers since 1898, preserving the heritage and strength of the industry through education and public policy. As the largest association of cattle producers, NCBA works to create new markets and increase demand for beef. Visit www.beefusa.org.
The National Cattlemen’s Foundation (NCF) advances the future of the beef industry by assisting in the education of the next generation of beef industry professionals. For more information, visit www.nationalcattlemensfoundation.org.