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Buckeye Farm News
Six Ohio agricultural producers recently received the 2009 Environmental Stewardship Award from commodity organizations and the Ohio Livestock Coalition (OLC).
“All of these operations have incorporated various management practices that protect and enhance the environment and precious natural resources while ensuring productivity and profitability,” said OLC Executive Director Sandy Kuhn.
The winners include:
Beef: Richard and Jayne Young, Belmont, Belmont County
Corn and soybeans: John Buck, New Bloomington, Marion County
Dairy: Carl and Janet Ayers and family, Perrysville, Ashland County
Pork: Signature Pork, Ken, Jerry and Denny Niese, McComb, Hancock County
Poultry: New Day Farms, LLC, Raymond, Union County
Sheep: Ron and Carla Young, Van Wert, Van Wert County
The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Ohio Dairy Producers Association, Ohio Pork Producers Council, Ohio Poultry Association, Ohio Sheep Improvement Association, Ohio Soybean Association and Ohio Corn Growers Association sponsor the individual commodity awards along with Ohio’s Country Journal.
Two rural Ohioans received Ohio Livestock Coalition’s Neighbors of the Year award for their efforts to positively develop and enhance rural relationships and communications.
The OLC and Ohio Farm Bureau Federation created the neighbor award program to annually recognize livestock producers and rural residents who work hard to build bridges between neighbors in Ohio’s countryside.
The 2009 winners of the Neighbor of the Year Award are Ann Frederick of Cleves and Kruggel Farms, Inc. of Litchfield.
Non-Farmer Neighbor of the Year Ann Frederick takes pride in her well-maintained small horse facility located in a residential area in Hamilton County. She and her fellow horsemen are careful to maintain a clean atmosphere while riding their horses through the neighborhood. She also gives some free riding lessons to neighbors and free rides to the neighborhood children. She takes an active role with the horse clubs in the area and works to resolve issues with the Hamilton County Parks regarding horse trails.
Livestock Farmer Neighbor of the Year Kruggel Farms has been recognized numerous times for its innovative conservation practices and use of no-till, filter strips and manure management plan. The farm actively engages and educates both children and adults and a wide variety of groups through a number of community activities and on-farm events.