They have helped save endangered geese, and controlled manure and reduced water use, all the while producing food in and near Stanislaus County.
Six operations in the region are among 45 recognized statewide by the American Farmland Trust in a report called Profiles in Stewardship. The Washington, D.C.-based group highlighted efforts by farmers and ranchers to protect the environment and livestock.
Some were already well known, such as the Lyons family near Modesto and the Foster Farms poultry company in Livingston.
“These farm leaders clearly show agricultural producers in California care about the environment and are motivated to take positive steps to enhance it,” said Andrew McElwaine, president and chief executive officer of the trust, in a news release.
“They also demonstrate the potential benefits of conservation and serve as encouragement for other farmers to adopt the same practices.”
The report includes:
The trust used the occasion of the report to urge Congress to include funding for such efforts in the five-year farm bill being negotiated.
“The conservation practices highlighted in the Profiles conserve water, reduce greenhouse gases, improve air and water quality, restore wildlife habitat, generate renewable energy and achieve other environmental benefits,” said Edward Thompson Jr., state director for the group.
Funding for the report was provided by the Adams Legacy Foundation, based in Los Alamitos, Orange County. It can be read at www.farmland.org.