Yon Family Farms of Ridge Spring, South Carolina, is the latest national winner of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association Environmental Stewardship Award program.
Kevin and Lydia Yon, along with their children Sally, Drake and Corbin, operate a purebred Angus operation on about 1,500 acres. Among the practices they were cited for were their efforts in planned grazing, no-till forage cropping, soil sampling for accurate fertilization, fencing off ponds, developing a water system to match their grazing, and their great ethic for daily concentration on conservation.
Top spot: National Environmental Stewardship Award winners Lydia, Corbin, Drake, Sally and Kevin Yon were chosen from a field of distinguished land caretakers. They were given the award in a ceremony at the 2009 NCBA annual convention in Phoenix, Arizona.
The Environmental Stewardship program has run 18 years now and annually names seven winners across seven regions, then chooses an overall national winner from among those.
Besides the Yon family, regional winners this year include:
• Clark Sennett and family, owners of Sennett Cattle Co. of Waynetown, Indiana
• Mark and Norma Guge of Estherville, Iowa
• The Bradley 3 Ranch of Memphis, Texas
• Veseth Cattle Co. of Malta, Montana
• Babacomari Ranch and the Brophy families of Sonoita, Arizona
• Hovde Ranch, Alexander, North Dakota
The awards are sponsored by Dow AgroSciences, NRCS, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and NCBA.