NYFEA Environmental Leaders Program

August 5, 2010 at 1:45 pm Leave a comment

Thanks to Jill Heemstra for providing us information on the upcoming Environmental Leaders Program!

We are looking to recognize young and beginning livestock and poultry producers who are highly motivated to manage their operations in an environmentally sustainable manner. To earn this recognition, they need to write an environmental policy statement (similar to a vision or mission statement), complete an educational component, implement [a] positive practice[s] on their farm or ranch, and tell someone about their practices/management—we are likely to request that at least one of their outreach efforts is with a non-ag audience.

We hope this program can be part of the general push I’m sensing around agriculture to “tell their story” and educate the general public—we feel that these award winners will be excellent examples of the positive aspects of agriculture. Winners will receive a $500 scholarship to attend “Agriculture’s Promise”.

We are currently interested in finding young and beginning producers that would be like to pursue this award (people can self-nominate or recommend someone else). We are hoping to make the first awards at the next “Ag’s Promise” event in 2011.

Stay tuned for more information on requirements, deadlines, where to submit documentation, and more!

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