TUCKER, Ga. — U.S. Poultry & Egg Association is now accepting nominations for the 2018 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 Oct. 16.
The award is presented to exemplary family farmers in five regions of the country: Northeast, Southeast, South Central, North Central and Southwest. Nominations for the 2018 competition 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 processing facility in each state supporting their operations.
“Best management practices are used by poultry growers to enhance environmental stewardship on their farms. The dedication and inventiveness that our award winners and finalists display each year through their environmental management practices is commendable,” said Jerry Moye, retired president, Cobb-Vantress, Siloam Springs, Ark., 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 2018 International Poultry Expo, part of the International Production & Processing Expo 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. 30, 2018. 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.
More information on the 2018 Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award competition can be obtained by contacting Paul Bredwell, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, 1530 Cooledge Road, Tucker, Ga. 30084-7303; phone: 678-514-1973; fax: 770-493-9257; e-mail: email@example.com.