Danny Kluthe of Dodge of Bancroft and Larry Zobel of Bancroft have been recognized by the Nebraska Pork Producers Association with Nebraska State Environmental Stewardship awards. The award recognizes Nebraska pork producers who demonstrate the strong commitment to being good stewards of the environment as well as their neighbors, and community.
"These two award winners displayed real world examples of pork producers who are dedicated to ensuring the We Care Ethical Principles that they practice to help protect the land and people," says Shane Meyer, NPPA president.
Danny and his wife, Josie, operate a contracted swine-finishing unit, called Bacon Hill, near Dodge. In 2005, Kluthe began a methane recovery project as part of his 8,000 head hog operation. The methane produces electricity for his operation.
"This cutting edge manure management system results in cleaner air, a renewable energy source, crop fertilizer and many positive effects on the environment," according to Meyer.
Kluthe adds, "As an environmental steward, I lower my costs by utilizing the hog waste for energy efficiency and sustainability with the purpose of keeping a safe and friendly work place for all neighbors and friends to enjoy."
Zobel owns and operates Zobel Farms, a farrow-to-finish swine unit. He and his wife, Tami, work with nutrient consultants from West Point to establish nutrient plans that comply with Department of Environmental Quality Standards. They use a manure management system, tillage practices, soil sampling and weed and pest management programs.
Meyer says applications were evaluated on how well the operation manages their manure/nutrient systems, soil or water resources, air quality, wildlife habitat promotion, neighbor relations, farm aesthetics and any innovative ideas used to protect the environment. They also must develop an essay on the meaning of being an environmental steward. The winners were recognized at the 2013 Pork Industry Days Awards Program recently in West Point.
NPPA presented its Outstanding Service Awards during Pork Industry Day. The awards are given annually to recognize exceptional work by an individual, company, or organization that has advocated and supported the fundamental efforts of the Nebraska Pork Producers Association.
The 2012 winners are: The Minnow Project, Lincoln, for Promotion; Farm Credit Services of America, Columbus, Allied Member; Bruce and Karen Grant, Meadow Grove, Producer Outreach; and Danny Kluthe, Dodge, Industry Outreach.
The Maschhoffs, headquartered in Caryle, Ill., with production in Nebraska, were inducted into the Voluntary Checkoff Hall of Fame. Gerald Schmidt co-owner of Plymouth Ag Group, and 4S Farms of Jansen, were inducted into the Checkoff Hall of Fame.