Ohio farmers win national environmental awards

Buckeye Farm News 

John and Jim Anderson of Shreve were the recipients of the American Sheep Industry Association’s Environmental Stewardship Award for their goals of preserving the forests and natural beauty of their farm while developing a relatively low input forage base that enhances the health of the sheep flock, soil and water. According to ASIA, the father-and-son team, whose families have an environmental goal of year-by-year improvements in soil quality, erosion control, wildlife habitat and overall farm health, have spent a great deal of time, money and effort to develop their sheep operation with environmental stewardship in mind. They carefully plan ahead to assure that any management practices implemented on their farm will be environmentally sound. 

The Ohio Sheep Improvement Association, one of their nominators, said that the Andersons believe that if they can do their part to protect the land and the environment around them, these resources will be around for the many generations to come.

Neil and Gina Boeckman of Celina recently received the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association’s annual Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award during the 2009 International Poultry Expo. The award is given in recognition of exemplary environmental stewardship by family farmers engaged in poultry and egg production.

“The American consumer increasingly is requiring environmental responsibility of all industries,” said association chairman Monty Henderson. “The poultry industry has an excellent record, but we must continue to be a responsible steward, using advancing technologies and the latest management techniques to do our part in maintaining a clean environment for everyone,” he added.

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.

Lynn Snyder 

Lynn Snyder is senior director of communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.

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