Shoup Brothers Farm Ltd., of Smithville, recently received the 2013 Environmental Stewardship Award at the Ohio Livestock Coalition’s (OLC) 16th Annual Meeting and Symposium held September 6 in Columbus. 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.

“Ohio’s livestock farmers are committed to protecting the land, air and water on and near their farms, and the Shoup Brothers Farm is no exception,” said David White, OLC executive director. “The farm is a leader in implementing innovative strategies to improve the environment and is an exemplary representation of the goals that the Coalition has for all livestock farmers.”

Shoup Brothers Farm is an eighth-generation farm that raises hogs and grows corn, soybeans and wheat. The hog farm has taken a number of actions to make their operation more environmentally friendly. Some of these projects include: developing a comprehensive nutrient management plan, properly managing and applying manure to the land, using reduced and strip tillage practices for crop production to protect soil, and installing grass waterways and buffer strips to reduce erosion and further protect the environment. In addition, the farm works with local farmers and organizations, including the Sugarcreek Watershed Partner to regularly test and monitor streams for nutrient runoff.

In addition to Shoup Brothers Farm, four other Environmental Stewardship Awards were presented at the annual meeting to the following:


All winners received a plaque from their industry's respective member organization. Each 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.

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.