The latest poultry, pig and animal feed news, animal agribusiness trends and research from WATTAgNet.com.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Who won the 2015 Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award?
U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) recognized five poultry farm winners and four finalists who received the annual Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award at the 2015 International Production & Processing Expo in Atlanta. The award is given in acknowledgment of exemplary environmental stewardship by family farmers engaged in poultry and egg production.
The five Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award winners:
North Central Region winner – Endless View Farm, Broadway, Virginia
Stephen and Jackie Lohr, nominated by Pilgrim’s
Northeast Region winner – Wen-Crest Farms LLC, Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Steve and Bonnie Wenger, nominated by Tyson Foods
Mid Central Region winner – G& J Anderson Ranch, Seligman, Missouri
Lindell and Shelly Mitchell, nominated by Cargill Turkey Production, LLC
Southeast Region winner – Still Water Farm, Danielsville, Georgia
Terry and Deborah Chandler, nominated by Pilgrim’s
Southwest Region winner – Schoeneman Broiler Farm, Franklin, Texas
Chris and Abby Schoeneman, nominated by Texas Poultry Federation
The four Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award finalists:
North Central Region finalist – Round Hill Poultry, Broadway, Virginia
Mike and Paula Thompson, nominated by Cargill Turkey Production, LLC
Mid Central Region finalist – Bronzwood Farm, Stover, Missouri
Kent and Gina Engelbrecht, nominated by Cargill Turkey and Cooked Meats
Southeast Region finalist – Upland Farm, Ellaville, Georgia
Randy and Deborah Yelverton, nominated by Tyson Foods
Southwest Region finalist – Three A’s Farm, Jay, Oklahoma
Aaron and Tammie Holcombe, nominated by Simmons Foods
Applicants were rated in several categories, including dry litter or liquid manure management, nutrient management planning, community involvement, wildlife enhancement techniques, innovative nutrient management techniques and participation in education or outreach programs. In selecting the national winners and finalists, applications were reviewed and farm visits conducted by a team of environmental professionals from universities, regulatory agencies and state trade associations.
“The U.S. poultry industry has been recognized as a leader in environmental management for many years, and we depend on the efforts of family farmers to sustainably produce poultry and egg products. These five winners and four finalists exemplify the finest of these producers,” said newly elected USPOULTRY chairman Sherman Miller, Cal-Maine Foods, Jackson, Mississippi.