RAINES FARMS RECOGNIZED AS 2010 ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP AWARD WINNER


Pictured from left to right:
Ohio Cattlemen's Association Executive Director Elizabeth Harsh,
Todd Raines, Pat Raines and
Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Robert Boggs.

COLUMBUS -- Todd, Pat and Greg Raines, of Raines Farms located in Seaman, recently received the 2010 Ohio Cattlemen's Association's Environmental Stewardship Award at the Ohio Livestock Coalition's (OLC) 13th Annual Meeting. The annual award recognizes the many accomplishments made by family farmers to protect Ohio's land, air and water quality and conserve the state's natural resources.

"Raines Farms has raised beef cattle for many years and has consistently demonstrated that their commitment to quality extends not only to the animals they raise, but also to the environmental practices they implement daily on the farm," said David White, OLC executive director." The farm is an exemplary representation of the goals that the Coalition has for all livestock farmers."

Raines Farms is a fifth-generation farm that raises more than 200 head of cattle each year. The farm has taken several proactive measures to protect the environment, including: developing six springs, constructing numerous sod waterways in fields, and adhering to a strict manure management plan. In addition, the farm uses no-till practices and has seeded several areas to turn erodible land into permanent pastures.