Local farmers recognized for being good neighbors and environmental stewards

The Ohio Livestock Coalition (OLC) recently named five Ohio farmers as the recipients of the 2013 Environmental Stewardship Award. In addition, two rural residents, one farmer and one non-farmer, were recognized for the Neighbor of the Year Award. The awards were presented, at OLC’s 16th Annual Meeting and Industry Symposium held September 6 in Columbus.

“Ohio’s livestock farmers are committed to protecting the land, air and water on and near their farms,” said David White, OLC executive director. “This year’s award recipients are leaders in implementing innovative strategies to improve the environment and promote positive neighbor relations; and they set an example that we all should strive to achieve.”

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 2013 Environmental Stewardship Awards were presented to:

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 John Kasich.

OLC coordinates the Environmental Stewardship awards program while five cooperating member organizations – the Ohio Cattlemen's Association, Ohio Dairy Producers Association, Ohio Pork Producers Council, Ohio Poultry Association, and Ohio Sheep Improvement Association – sponsor the individual 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 recipients of this year’s award are James and Shirley Croskey, of Holmesville, for the farmer award and Lucy Sondles, of Wadsworth, for the non-farmer award.

Both received a plaque and a $250 cash donation to their favorite local charity  courtesy of OLC, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Farm Credit Mid-America.

The OLC, formed in 1997, is a statewide trade organization consisting of diverse agriculture organizations and individual farmers committed to advancing environmentally friendly, socially responsible and economically viable livestock farming practices.