Environmental Leaders Award Program

December 11, 2010 at 1:26 pm 4 comments

We’re so excited for the launch of the Environmental Leaders Award Program, and we’re fortunate enough to have Jill Heemstra (@LPELC) tell us more about it at the 2010 National Institute.  Here’s the rundown:

The program is a joint effort of NYFEA, Montana State University, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  It seeks to reward and recognize young/beginning animal ag producers who have a proactive environmental stewardship ethic in their operation.

What will the winners receive?

A $500 travel scholarship to Agriculture’s Promise held annually in Washington, D.C.  It may be possible to substitute another event if your schedule does not permit participation in Ag’s Promise.

What do I need to do?

Environmental leaders will be required to complete an educational component (online modules are being developed).  It is likely that 2 or 3 modules (depending on length) will be the minimum.  Other educational programs may also fill some of this requirement – contact Tommy Bass tmbass@montana.edu for evaluation.

Awardees will implement a positive practice on their farm or ranch (this does not have to be a physical practice; it could be a better record keeping system or a risk assessment).  Pictures or video will be required.

Lastly, the award winners will talk about their operation and their positive stewardship to others.  At least one presentation must be made to a non-ag audience (local community club, high school science class, etc.)

The project team will develop a case study about your farm or ranch, and develop news releases for your local papers and even state, regional or national farm/ranch publications.

How do I get started?

If you would like to learn more about this program, contact Jill Heemstra jheemstra@unl.edu; 402-748-3909 or Tommy Bass tmbass@montana.edu to get added to the communication list.  Even if you do not plan to participate but would like to stay “in the loop,” you are welcome to contact Jill and Tommy.

Visit and “like” the Agricultural Environmental Leaders (EnvAgLeaders) page on Facebook and follow @EnvAgLeaders on Twitter.  Announcements about the program will be on both social sites.  Even if you do not participate in the program, please consider visiting this page and joining the conversation to highlight the positive stewardship ethic found in agriculture.

If there are other young/beginning ag producers in your area that would be interested, please share this information with them.

You do not have to be an NYFEA member to participate or attend the Ag’s Promise conference.  We encourage a group of people in a local area to work together towards this award. 🙂

To be considered for the 2011 Agriculture’s Promise conference, we recommend sending your submission by the end of January 2011.  Ten slots have been allocated for the 2011 event and will be given on a first come, first serve basis.  If submissions are received after the slots are filled, they will be considered for the 2012 Agriculture’s Promise event.   There is no age limit, but less than 10 years of on the ground experience is required to participate in the Environmental Leaders Award Program.

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