$10,000 OFFERED FOR TOP STEWARD OF THE LAND
American Farmland Trust is seeking nominees for its Steward of the Land Award
Nominations are now being accepted for American Farmland Trust's 2006 Steward of the Land Award.
The $10,000 prize is presented annually to a farmer or rancher that best exemplifies American Farmland Trust's (AFT) mission of stopping the loss of productive farmland and promoting farming practices that lead to a healthy environment.
Nomination kits can be requested by calling (800) 886-5170 x3055, or can easily be downloaded on AFT's web site at http://www.farmland.org/steward/nomination_instructions.pdf.
Nominations will be accepted until 4pm CST on December 1, 2005.
The 2005 Steward of the Land Award was recently presented to Steve Sinton, a wine grape grower and fourth generation cattle rancher from Shandon, California. Throughout his 18,000 acres of ranchland and 125 acres of vineyards, Steve utilizes a variety of innovative practices to promote sustainability and protect the environment. Efforts on Steve's ranch have even resulted in the reintroduction of the California condor, which nest on parts of his property. He was also instrumental at the state level in the creation of the California Rangeland Trust, California's statewide agricultural land trust.