The United States Poultry and Egg Association is now accepting nominations for the 13th Annual 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 who supplies product to a U.S. Poultry and Egg Association member or an independent producer who is an association member. Nominations are due September 13, 2013.

The award is presented to superior family farmers in six regions of the country. One award may be presented for each of the regions: Northeast, Southeast, South Central, North Central, Southwest, and the remainder of the U.S. Nominations must be made by an association member or an affiliated state poultry association by completing the application provided by the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association. Each integrator or egg processor may nominate one grower for each complex in each state.

 "Poultry growers and producers utilize best management practices that enhance environmental stewardship on their family owned and operated farms. The innovation, resourcefulness, and dedication our award winners exhibit each year in pursuing excellent environmental management is exceptional," said James Adams, Wenger Feeds, Rheems, Pa., and chairman of the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association.

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Awards will be presented during a special ceremony at the 2014 International Production and Processing Expo in Atlanta, Ga. Each award winner will receive a Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award sign to display near the entrance of the farm, $1,000 cash, an expense paid trip to the Expo, a farm profile on the association's website and the association's assistance in local, regional, and national publicity.

For more information on the 2014 Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award, contact: Paul Bredwell or Marjorie Maul, U.S. Poultry and Egg Association, 1530 Cooledge Road, Tucker, Ga, 30084-7303; +1.678.514.1973; or e-mail: mmaul@uspoultry.org. Competition details are also available on the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association website.