Looking for Environmental Leaders

Ernie NeffAwards, Environment

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) is accepting nominations for the Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award. The award recognizes agricultural producers who demonstrate leadership in developing and implementing innovative techniques to safeguard the environment and conserve natural resources.

Nominations must be submitted to FDACS by April 15, 2021. The nomination form and more information about the award can be found here.

The following environmental practices will be considered in judging nominations for the 2021 Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award:

  • Wildlife Protection and Habitat Conservation: Provide a safe, vibrant habitat for wildlife within an agricultural operation.
  • Pesticide/Nutrient Management: Use pesticides/nutrients responsibly, maximizing benefits and minimizing potential adverse environmental effects.
  • Water Quality: Preserve or improve water quality within or adjacent to an agricultural operation.
  • Soil and Water Conservation: Reduce soil erosion, nutrient depletion and water consumption, and enhance water recharge.
  • Waste Management/Recycling: Reduce waste by recycling agricultural byproducts and waste products on site.

“There’s no place on Earth quite like Florida – and that’s because of our beautiful lands, our crystal waters and our abundant natural treasures. We have nearly 10 million acres of farmland, and every acre is an opportunity for land conservation and improved water quality,” said Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried. “That’s why we’re asking all producers to consider applying for our Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award before April 15. Florida’s environment is changing, so we’re recognizing our farmers and ranchers who are exceptionally committed to environmentally innovative agricultural practices.”

John Hoblick, president of the Florida Farm Bureau Federation, said, “Florida’s farmers and ranchers are some of the best stewards of our lands, waters and environment that you’ll find anywhere. Ask any farmer – growing their commodities, raising their cattle, making a living, and supporting their family is all tied to the land, water and environment. Now more than ever, it’s up to us farmers to preserve these treasured resources. Together through agriculture, we can protect Florida’s environment for generations to come.”

Source: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

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