7 ranching operations awarded top honors for stewardship, sustainability

Burt Rutherford, Senior Editor

November 16, 2015

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It’s an ethic passed through the generations—always there, always part of the management decisions, always a concern. It’s the ethic of stewardship, of caring for the land, for the animals it sustains.

It’s not an easy task—it demands ingenuity and commitment. But it’s a task that America’s ranchers take on willingly. And while achieving environmental stewardship presents each beef producer with different challenges and different opportunities, the underlying ethic remains solid and unchanging—take care of the land and it will take care of you.

These seven operations competed for the 2016 Environmental Stewardship Award, with the winner named at the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention in San Diego, Calif. Maggie Creek Ranch of Elko, Nev. were named this year's winner. Established in 1991 by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and co-sponsored by Dow AgroSciences, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NCBA and the National Cattlemen’s Foundation, the program provides an opportunity for the beef industry to recognize producers who go the extra mile when it comes to preserving and enhancing the resources on their land.

For more information or nomination forms for the National Environmental Stewardship Award, contact your state cattlemen’s association, state beef council or NCBA-affiliated breed association.

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About the Author(s)

Burt Rutherford

Senior Editor, BEEF Magazine

Burt Rutherford is director of content and senior editor of BEEF. He has nearly 40 years’ experience communicating about the beef industry. A Colorado native and graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in agricultural journalism, he now works from his home base in Colorado. He worked as communications director for the North American Limousin Foundation and editor of the Western Livestock Journal before spending 21 years as communications director for the Texas Cattle Feeders Association. He works to keep BEEF readers informed of trends and production practices to bolster the bottom line.

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