Tucker, Ga. -- U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award. The award recognizes exemplary environmental stewardship by family farmers engaged in poultry and egg production. Those eligible for the award include any family-owned poultry grower or egg producer supplying product to a USPOULTRY member or an independent producer who is a USPOULTRY member. Nominations are due September 30, 2015.
The award is presented to exemplary family farmers in six regions of the country. One award may be presented for each of the regions: Northeast, Southeast, South Central, North Central, Southwest and the remainder of the United States. Nominations must be made by a USPOULTRY member or an affiliated state poultry association by completing the application provided by USPOULTRY. Each integrator or egg processor may nominate one grower or producer for each complex in each state supporting their operations.
Six families received the Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award in 2015. The winners were Stephen and Jackie Lohr, Endless View Farm, Broadway, Va., nominated by Pilgrim’s; Steve and Bonnie Wenger, Wen-Crest Farms LLC, Lebanon, Pa., nominated by Tyson Foods; Lindell and Shelly Mitchell, G & J Anderson Ranch, Seligman, Mo., nominated by Cargill Turkey Production, LLC; Terry and Deborah Chandler, Still Water Farm, Danielsville, Ga., nominated by Pilgrim’s; and Chris and Abby Schoeneman, Schoeneman Broiler Farm, Franklin, Texas, nominated by Texas Poultry Federation.
Five finalists were also recognized in 2015. The finalists were Mike and Paula Thompson, Round Hill Poultry, Broadway, Va., nominated by Cargill Turkey Production, LLC; Kent and Gina Engelbrecht, Bronzwood Farm, Stover, Mo., nominated by Cargill Turkey and Cooked Meats; Randy and Deborah Yelverton, Upland Farm, Ellaville, Ga., nominated by Tyson Foods; and Aaron and Tammie Holcombe, Three A’s Farm, Jay, Okla., nominated by Simmons Foods.
'Poultry growers utilize best management practices that heighten environmental stewardship on their farms. The skill, inventiveness and devotion that our award winners and finalists display each year through their environmental management practices is commendable,' said Sherman Miller, Cal-Maine Foods, Jackson, Miss., and USPOULTRY chairman.
All semi-finalists will receive a trip that covers travel expenses and hotel accommodations for two nights to attend a special awards ceremony that will take place during the 2016 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, Ga. Each semi-finalist will also receive a Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award sign to display near the entrance of their farm.
The overall winner of each region will be named at the Animal Agriculture Sustainability Summit, held in conjunction with IPPE, on Jan. 26, 2016. Each regional winner will also receive a $1,000 cash award. In addition, the farm for each regional winner will be spotlighted on USPOULTRY’s website, and the Association will provide assistance in publicizing the farm’s award in local, regional and national media.
Competition details are available on the USPOULTRY website at www.uspoultry.org/environment.
For more information on the 2016 Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award competition, contact: Paul Bredwell, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, 1530 Cooledge Road, Tucker, GA, 30084-7303; phone: (678) 514-1973; fax: (770) 493-9257; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) is the all-feather organization representing the complete spectrum of today’s poultry industry, whose mission is to progressively serve member companies through research, education, communication and technical assistance. Founded in 1947, USPOULTRY is based in Tucker, Ga.