The Yolo Land & Cattle Company is the 2008 Environmental Stewardship Award National Winner. In the summer of 2007, the owners of Yolo Land & Cattle – the Hank Stone family – were initially chosen as one of the regional winners, representing the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA)’s Region VI. The award program, sponsored by National Cattlemen’s Foundation, NCBA, Dow AgroSciences, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service,is now in its 17th year.
“This year the selection of a national winner was extremely difficult, with six strong applications vying for the national award,” said
“Recognizing the importance of sustainability has allowed the family to collaborate with multiple local, state, and national groups to restore hundreds of acres of grasslands, riparian habitat, and stock ponds with
A sampling of the projects that Yolo Land & Cattle has implemented include: a vegetative management plan (VMP), rotational grazing, grazing on CRP lands and invasive weed control. Partnering with the California Audubon Society and the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the company created the largest VMP in the state of
“Environmental stewardship and conservation are at the forefront of our industry, as shown by these six regional winners,” said Bob Josserand, chairman of the National Cattlemen’s Foundation Board of Trustees. “This year’s national winner, the Hank Stone Family of California, is a great example for others to follow. I have no doubt that they will continue to be strong proponents of conservation and serve as excellent role models for producers across the country.”
“The long-standing commitment of the Stone family to preserve and protect their land has allowed the family’s ranch to increase productivity while protecting the environment,” says Petty. “We are very pleased to recognize them.”