Florida farmers pride themselves on being good stewards of the land. Some go above and beyond in that regard. If you are one of these farmers, or know of an operation worthy of recognition, nominations are now being accepted for the Commissioner’s Ag-Environmental Leadership Award.
The award, which has been presented annually since 1994, recognizes enterprises that demonstrate leadership in developing and implementing progressive techniques to safeguard the environment and conserve natural resources.
Nominations must be submitted to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services by Wednesday, March 1.
The following environmental practices will be considered in judging nominations for the 2017 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.