You may not realize the degree to which cattle producers depend on, and provide care for, the land on which they operate. But, each year the National Cattlemen’s Foundation and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association honor a cattle farm or ranch for outstanding environmental stewardship. We have a look at this year’s winner, Nevada’s Maggie Creek Ranch, as Brian Baxter reports.
More about Maggie Creek Ranch
From NCBA: Maggie Creek Ranch, the Searle Family and ranch manager Jon Griggs were honored with one of seven regional Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) awards. The honorees, announced during the 2015 Cattle Industry Summer Conference, were recognized for their outstanding stewardship practices. This year’s regional winners will compete for the national award, which will be announced during the 25th anniversary celebration in January 2016.
ESAP is sponsored by Dow AgroSciences, Tyson Foods, Inc., USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the National Cattlemen’s Foundation, and is presented to farmers and ranchers who demonstrate a commitment to protecting the farm and ranch land in their care.
Maggie Creek Ranch is in the business of producing high quality beef while conserving and improving public and private lands. Their goal is to be the best possible stewards of their resources while feeding the world through production agriculture. The operation consists of approximately 198,000 acres of owned (deeded) and leased (public land grazing permit) land. Read more NCBA.