COLUMBUS — The Ohio Livestock Coalition recently named five Ohio farmers as the recipients of the 2011 Environmental Stewardship Award during an award ceremony at the Taste of Ohio Cafe at the Ohio State Fair.
The annual award recognizes the accomplishments made by family farmers to protect Ohio’s land, air and water quality and to conserve the state’s natural resources.
David White, OLC executive director, said each recipient was chosen for their outstanding efforts to go above and beyond caring for the land, air and water on and off their farms.
The 2011 Environmental Stewardship Awards were presented to:
• Sheep: Cottage Hill Farm of Flushing
• Dairy: Brownhaven Farm of New Bremen
• Beef: Royer Grain and Livestock LLC of Belle Center
• Pork: Stebbins Farm of Englewood
• Poultry: Paul Dahlinghaus of New Bremen
All winners received a plaque from their industry’s respective member organization. Each recipient also received a proclamation of congratulations and recognition of their commitment to the basic principles of environmental and natural resource stewardship from Gov. John Kasich.
OLC coordinates the Environmental Stewardship awards program while five cooperating member organizations — the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Ohio Dairy Producers Association, Ohio Pork Producers Council, Ohio Poultry Association and Ohio Sheep Improvement Association — sponsor the individual commodity awards.