The Nebraska Pork Producers Association wants to recognize pork producers in the Nebraska who have a serious commitment to practicing environmental stewardship in their operations.
NPPA's Environmental Steward Award program is open to Nebraska pork production operations of all types and sizes who demonstrate a positive commitment to environmental stewardship, according to Larry Sitzman, NPPA executive director. Nominations should focus on one single production site or farm.
The primary emphasis of this program is to recognize good environmental stewardship and management practices. The program is not a technology-driven program, Sitzman says.
Applications and nominations are solicited from pork producers, operation managers and other industry- related professionals. The state selection committee names one operation following a review of the following:
• General production information
• Manure/nutrient management
• Soil conservation management efforts
• Water conservation management efforts
• Air quality management efforts
• Wildlife habitat management efforts
• Neighbor and community relations management efforts, and
• An essay on the meaning of environmental stewardship
Responses to the questions on the application form should be as complete and thorough as possible, according to Sitzman. Additional pages may be added to fully respond to the areas on the nomination/application form.
Award winners' stories are featured in NPPA's Pork Talk Magazine and the Hog Blog at. Winners will receive a plaque and banner to display on their production site. The winner will be notified around the first of February 2013 and then recognized at the annual Pork Industry Days next February 2013.
"We encourage you to apply for the award and / or nominate another pork producer in the state whom you believe to be a good example of pork producer environmental stewardship," Sitzman says.
Returned forms must be postmarked by Dec.1, 2012