Seven Cattle Operations Named Regional Winners

Seven cattle operations from across the country were recognized as 2013 regional Environmental Stewardship Award Program winners during the Cattle Industry Summer Conference Friday. The regional winners will compete for the national award - to be announced during the 2014 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and Trade Show next year in Nashville. The Award Program is in its 23rd year. It was created to recognize beef producers who make environmental stewardship a priority on their farms and ranches while they also improve production and profitability. Regional and national award winners have been commended for their commitment to protecting the environment and improving fish and wildlife habitats while operating profitable cattle operations. All winners share a common trait - a desire to leave the land in better shape for future generations - while also inspiring the next generation of land stewards.

National Cattlemen's Beef Association President Scott George says America's farmers and ranchers are passionate about their land and it shows through conservation and environmental stewardship efforts. He says the cattle industry is continually improving upon its environmental sustainability - and the seven regional winners announced Friday set an example all should strive to achieve. The regional winners are Mountain Meadows Farm in Sudbury, Vermont; Kissimmee Park Properties in St. Cloud, Florida; BitterSweet Acres in Greenville, Iowa; Frank and Sims Price Ranch in Sterling City, Texas; Padlock Ranch Company in Ranchester, Wyoming; Kualoa Ranch in Kane'ohe, Hawaii; and Gracie Creek Landowners Association in Burwell, Nebraska.

George says NCBA looks forward to naming one of these seven great cattle operations as the 2014 national ESAP award winner in Nashville. The award is sponsored by Dow AgroSciences, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and the National Cattlemen's Foundation.

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