Local farmers recognized for being good neighbors and environmental stewards

COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Livestock Coalition (OLC) recently named six Ohio farmers as the recipients of the 2010 Environmental Stewardship Award and two rural residents for the Neighbor of the Year Award. The awards were presented at OLC's 13th Annual Meeting and Industry Symposium.

"The Ohio Livestock Coalition puts great value in recognizing farms and individuals who have gone above and beyond to make a difference in the livestock community," said David White, OLC executive director. "I commend this year's award winners for their tireless efforts and commitment to being good environmental stewards and neighbors."

Environmental Stewardship Award Winners

The Environmental Stewardship Award recognizes the many accomplishments made by family farmers to protect Ohio's land, air and water quality and to conserve the state's natural resources. The 2010 Environmental Stewardship Awards were presented to:
• Sheep: Ray Family Farm of Cumberland
• Corn/Soy: Fred Yoder Farms of Plain City
• Dairy: Miedema Dairy of Circleville
• Beef: Raines Farms of Seaman
• Poultry: Stoller Farms of Van Wert
• Pork: Wuebker Farms of Versailles

All winners received a plaque from their industry's respective member organization. Each recipient also received a proclamation of congratulations and recognition of their commitment to the basic principles of environmental and natural resource stewardship from Governor Ted Strickland. OLC coordinates the Environmental Stewardship awards program while seven cooperating member organizations -- the Ohio Cattlemen's Association, Ohio Dairy Producers Association, Ohio Pork Producers Council, Ohio Poultry Association, Ohio Sheep Improvement Association, Ohio Soybean Association and Ohio Corn Growers Association -- sponsor the individual commodity awards.

Neighbor of the Year Award Winners

The Neighbor of the Year Award recognizes two rural residents -- one farmer and one non-farmer -- who have positively developed and enhanced relationships between neighbors in Ohio's farm communities. The recipient of the farmer award is Maken Bacon Farm, Inc. of Nevada, Ohio. Don Diefendorff of Seville is the winner of the non-farmer award. Both recipients received a plaque and a $250 cash donation to an organization of their choice courtesy of OLC and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.