The $10,000 award, and a crystal depicting Aldo Leopold, will be presented to the Beels at the Nebraska Cattlemen's Annual Convention in December.
"This is a prestigious award given to a Nebraska livestock producer for their commitment to the care and preservation of the land," says Dale Spencer, Nebraska Cattlemen president. "Nebraska Cattlemen are proud to support these conservation-minded individuals as it is our responsibility to protect and preserve the land for future generations."
"On behalf of Cargill's customers and employees, we are proud to recognize The Beel Ranch for conservation that increases the sustainability of animal agriculture in the U.S.," says Jarrod Gillig, vice president and general manager at Cargill's Schuyler beef processing plant. "Through effective land management that includes livestock grazing and preservation of wildlife habitats, the Beel Ranch is a shining example of best practices for cattle and beef production."
Cargill, Farm Credit Services of America, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, Nebraska Cattlemen Research & Education Foundation, Nebraska
Department of Agriculture, Nebraska Environmental Trust, Nebraska Game & Parks
Commission, Nebraska Land Trust, Rainwater Basin Joint Venture, Sandhills Task Force, The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, and World Wildlife Fund support the Leopold Conservation Award in Nebraska.
In 2013, The Sand County Foundation will present Leopold Conservation Awards in California, Colorado, Kentucky, Nebraska, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
More information about the Sand County Foundation is available at www.sandcounty.net.