Poultry producer Foster Farms was one of 45 agricultural operations in California recognized by the American Farmland Trust in a report called Profiles in Stewardship. The group, headquartered in Washington D.C., highlighted Foster Farms and others for their efforts to protect animals and the environment.

Foster Farms, based in Livingston, Calif., was cited for having its chicken barns certified by the American Humane Association and sending its waste to be turned into energy by the East Bay Municipal Utilities District.

"The conservation practices highlighted in the Profiles conserve water, reduce greenhouse gases, improve air and water quality, restore wildlife habitat, generate renewable energy and achieve other environmental benefits," said Edward Thompson Jr., state director for the group, told the Modesto Bee.

Funding for the report was provided by the Adams Legacy Foundation.