Western Pa. farm in running for national award

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WASHINGTON – McElhaney Stock Farm, Hookstown, Pa., picked up a regional award from the National Environmental Stewardship Award Program.

There were seven regional winners nationwide.

This marks the 14th annual team of winners, an exceptional achievement award recognizing operations that use innovative practices to protect and enhance natural resources, while at the same time maintaining or increasing profitability.

Other regions. Winners from other parts of the country are Williamson Cattle Company, Okeechobee, Fla., Region 2; White Family Farms, Estherville, Iowa, Region 3; Chain Land and Cattle Company, Canton, Okla., Region 4; Barthelmess Ranch, Malta, Mont., Region 5; DC Cattle Co. LLC, Globe, Ariz., Region 6; and Gerald Roise Ranch, Powers Lake, N.D., Region 7.

Giving back. “We are very excited about the caliber of this year’s regional winners,” said Megan Tipton, of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and coordinator of the ESAP program.

“This group represents diverse geographical areas across the country, and many generations of families who are generously giving back to the land that was given to them.”

About the awards. Sponsored by Dow AgroSciences and the Natural Resources Conservation Service administered by NCBA, this award program recognizes cattle producers whose stewardship practices are inventive, cost-effective and contribute to environmental conservation.

The recipients of this top environmental award are selected by a committee consisting of past winners, university faculty, key representatives of federal and state government agencies, conservation and environmental organizations.

“Those who spend their lives working the land embody the true nature of conservation,” explains Tipton.

“Every day is spent outdoors with natural resources, and our ESAP winners are role models for all of us. They demonstrate how today’s landowners utilize creative technologies and innovations to run a viable, profitable, and environmentally-friendly operation.”

On to Denver. The regional award winners will be formally recognized at the 2004 Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver, Aug. 9-13.

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