U.S. Poultry & Egg Association is now accepting nominations for the 10th Annual Family Farm Environmental Excellence Awards. The awards recognize exemplary environmental stewardship by family farmers engaged in poultry and egg production.

Those eligible for the award include any poultry grower or egg producer (family-owned) who supplies product to a USPOULTRY member, or an independent producer who is a USPOULTRY member. Nominations are due by Sept. 1, 2010.

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


“Poultry growers and producers apply best management practices that enhance environmental stewardship on their family-owned-and-operated farms,” said Steve Willardsen, Cargill Value Added Meats, Wichita, Kan., chairman of U.S. Poultry & Egg Association.

The awards will be presented in a ceremony at the 2011 International Poultry Expo in January 2011 in Atlanta. Each award winner will receive a Family Farm Environmental Excellence trophy, $1,000 cash, an expense-paid trip to the expo, a farm profile on USPOULTRY’s website, and the association’s assistance in local, regional and national publicity.

For more information, contact: Paul Bredwell or Elaine Hilliard, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, 1530 Cooledge Road, Tucker, GA, 30084-7303; +1.770.493.9401;  pbredwell@poultryegg.org.