U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) is accepting nominations for the 2023 Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award. The award recognizes exemplary environmental stewardship by family farmers engaged in poultry and egg production. Those eligible for the award include any family-owned poultry grower or egg producer supplying product to a USPOULTRY member or an independent producer who is a USPOULTRY member. Nominations, which can be made here, are due Oct. 28.
In January 2022, the award was presented to five outstanding family farmers in various regions of the country: Mid-Atlantic, South Central, Southeast, and Southwest. In addition, an award was also presented to a State Poultry Association nominee.
Nominations for the 2023 competition may be made by a USPOULTRY member, an affiliated state poultry association, or by a poultry or egg producer that grows poultry or produces eggs for a USPOULTRY member. Each integrator or egg processor may nominate two growers or producers for each processing facility in each state that they operate.
“Poultry growers regularly utilize best management practices to heighten environmental stewardship on their farms. The dedication and ingenuity that our award winners and finalists exhibit each year through their environmental management practices is admirable,” said Mike Levengood of Perdue Farms and the USPOULTRY chairman.
Winners of Family Farm Environmental Excellence awards will receive a trip that covers travel expenses and hotel accommodations for two nights to attend the 2023 International Poultry Expo, part of the International Production & Processing Expo, in Atlanta. Winners and finalists will receive a Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award sign to display near the entrance of their farm.
The winner for each region will be named at a special award ceremony that will take place at the Animal Agriculture Sustainability Summit, held in conjunction with IPPE, on Jan. 24, 2023. Each regional winner will also receive a $1,000 cash award. In addition, the farm for each regional winner will be spotlighted on USPOULTRY’s website, and the Association will assist in publicizing the farm’s award in local, regional and national media.