Environmental Stewardship Award Program

Celebrating 25 Years of Outstanding Stewardship

25YEARESAPLOGODStewardship of the land presents each rancher and farmer with different challenges and requires different approaches. But it always demands ingenuity and commitment. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association believes those traits and all that cattlemen accomplish for the environment are worth noting, both for the public and to encourage others in the industry.

Established in 1991 by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and co-sponsored by Dow AgroSciences, the program provides an opportunity for the beef industry to acknowledge producers who go the extra mile when it comes to preserving and enhancing the resources on their land. While the program highlights industry stewardship, it also provides cattlemen with examples and ideas that may be useful on their own farms and ranching operations.

As the longest-tenured sponsor of the Environmental Stewardship Award program, Dow AgroSciences believes outstanding stewardship deserves recognition and support. We are committed to effective land management and sustainability. We contribute to this important task by providing effective weed and brush control products, research that shows how to use them safely and efficiently, and educational services for the ranching and research communities.

For more information or nomination forms for the national Environmental Stewardship Award, contact your state beef industry council, state cattlemen’s association or NCBA-affiliated breed association. Or visit www.environmentalstewardship.org.  


Environmental Stewardship Award Program Overview








North Dakota Ranch Recognized With National Stewardship Award


Previous Winners

Previous National Winners of the Environmental Stewardship Award

2016 — Black Leg Ranch, McKenzie, North Dakota
2015 — Maggie Creek Ranch, Elko, Nevada
2014 — Rock Hills Ranch, Lowry, South Dakota
2013 — Frank and Sims Price Ranch, Sterling City, Texas
2012 — 77 Ranch, Blooming Grove, Texas
2011 — Masonic Village Farm, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
2010 — Couser Cattle Company, Nevada, Iowa
2009 — Leavitt Lake Ranches, Vina, California
2008 — Yon Family Farms, Ridge Springs, South Carolina
2007 — Yolo Land & Cattle Co., Woodland, California
2006 — Thaler Land & Livestock Co., La Grange, Wyoming
2005 — Lightsey Cattle Co., Lake Wales, Florida
2004 — Williamson Cattle Co., Okeechobee, Florida
2003 — Work Family Ranch, San Miguel, California
2002 — Kelly Ranch, Sutherland, Nebraska
2001 — Iowa River Ranch, Eldora, Iowa
2000 — Triple U Ranch, Correctionville, Iowa
1999 — Anderson Farms & Cattle Company, Longmont, Colorado
1998 — Matador Cattle Co., Dillon, Montana
1997 — Three Quarter Circle Ranch, Lander, Wyoming
1996 — Robert E. Lee Ranch Co., Judith Gap, Montana
1995 — Heritage Beef Cattle Co., Wheeler, Texas
1994 — Picabo Livestock, Picabo, Idaho
1993 — Smith Cattle, Inc., Sharon Springs, Kansas
1992 — Muleshoe Ranch Co., Gail, Texas
1991 — Pitchfork Ranch Co., Meeteetse, Wyoming


Nominations Now Open

Applications for the 2017 Environmental Stewardship Award are due March 10, 2017. Any individual, group or organization is eligible to nominate one individual/business who raises or feeds cattle. Individuals and families may not nominate themselves. However, it is expected nominees will be involved in the preparation of the application.

Past nominees are eligible and encouraged to resubmit their application; previous winners may not reapply. Along with the typed application, one nomination letter and three letters of recommendation highlighting the nominee’s leadership in conservation are expected.

If you would like assistance or to request a hard copy of the nomination packet, contact Jill DeLucero at 303-850-3321 or via email.

Caretakers of the Land

Standing in the midst of rolling acres of swaying grass, an old rancher points out to his grandson that conserving the land insures future generations the ability to produce.

ESAPBronzeThese words inspired Vern Friesen, Nebraska farmer, cattleman and western artist, as he sculpted Caretakers of the Land.

Dow AgroSciences commissioned Friesen to create a lasting legacy to national and regional winners of the Environmental Stewardship Award, honored annually by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Dow AgroSciences.

As sponsor of this program, Dow AgroSciences believes it’s important to properly recognize the dedication to stewardship shown by not only the award winners but also the entire ranching community.

Friesen operates the farm where he grew up near Henderson, Nebraska. He raises row crops and runs a commercial cow-calf herd. In addition to sculpting, much of his work is in oil paintings. You can reach him at his gallery in Henderson at 402-723-4977.

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