Iowa Pork Producers Association : Linn County hog farmers selected for national environmental award

Photo by WOAW – the world of animal welfare; Flickr

The Pork Checkoff’s Environmental Stewards subcommittee has selected an Iowa hog farming family as one of four U.S. winners of the 2013 Pork Industry Environmental Steward Award.

Russell Brothers, LLC, from Monticello joins the other award winners, as well as pork operations across the country, in their commitment to protecting natural resources while minimizing the environmental footprint.

The Pork Industry Environmental Steward Award, now in its 19th year, recognizes U.S. producers who demonstrate a firm commitment to safeguarding the environment and their local communities. The winners were chosen earlier this year based on their manure management systems, water and soil conservation practices, odor-control strategies, farm aesthetics, neighbor relations, wildlife habitat promotion and innovative ideas used to protect the environment. The judges represented pork producers and environmental organizations.

The subcommittee also selected Bacon Hill Farm in Dodge, Neb.; Krikke Pork in Greenwich, Ohio; and Blue Mountain Farms in Milford, Utah, as award recipients.

The 2013 Environmental Stewards will be officially recognized at the 2014 National Pork Industry Forum in Kansas City, Mo., next March

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