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Cattle industry honors environmental stewards

Article-Cattle industry honors environmental stewards

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ESAP annually recognizes the outstanding stewardship practices and conservation achievements of cattle producers.

The Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) will hold a reception and awards ceremony on April 25, 2023, in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) annual Spring Legislative Conference. The evening will feature the announcement of the 2022 ESAP national winner from the group of seven regional winners that were recognized during the Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show in New Orleans in February.

ESAP annually recognizes the outstanding stewardship practices and conservation achievements of U.S. cattle producers from across the nation. Cattlemen and women work every day to protect the environment, improve wildlife habitats and adopt the latest technologies while operating sustainable businesses that support rural communities. As a result of ranchers’ commitment to continuous improvement and scientific advancements in beef cattle genetics, nutrition, production practices, and biotechnologies, the U.S. is a global leader in sustainable beef production.

“Announcing the national winner at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C., is new to the program. We believe sharing the cattle industry's great stewardship story with thought leaders in our nation’s capital helps underscore the serious commitment cattlemen and women have to conserving natural resources and caring for livestock,” said NCBA President Todd Wilkinson. “We’re proud of the regional winners we recognized during our convention and look forward to celebrating the national winner. These farms and ranches undertake stewardship efforts unique to their environment, landscape and resources. Their desire is to leave the land in better shape for future generations while also inspiring the next generation of land stewards.”

The 2022 regional winners are Lamb Farms, Inc., Oakfield, New York; Carter Cattle Company, LLC, Pintlala, Alabama; Huth Polled Herefords and S&H Livestock Enterprises, LLC, Oakfield, Wisconsin; Parks Ranch, Goliad County, Texas; Mannix Brothers Ranch, Helmville, Montana; Fulstone Ranches, Smith, Nevada; and Jorgensen Land & Cattle Partnership, Ideal, South Dakota.

Sponsors for the ESAP reception and awards ceremony include Corteva Agriscience, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, McDonalds and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. A ticket to the ESAP reception is included with NCBA Legislative Conference

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