Agriculture Press Release
October 24, 2003
Ag Environmental Leadership Awards presented for 2003
DAYTONA BEACH -- Florida Agriculture Commissioner Charles H. Bronson presented awards to three agricultural operations in recognition of their leadership in promoting progressive environmental practices.
The 2003 Commissioner’s Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Awards were presented during a breakfast ceremony at the Florida Farm Bureau Federation’s 62nd annual meeting in Daytona Beach on Friday, October 24. The awards program is now in its 10th year and has recognized a total of 32 winners.
“The Ag-Environmental Leadership Award program spotlights the environmentally innovative farming practices of our state’s growers and ranchers,” Bronson said. “Focusing public attention on their efforts helps illuminate Florida agriculture’s dedication to preserving the environment and conserving natural resources while helping ensure a continuing supply of food and fiber.”
“Agriculturalists are the original environmentalists,” Bronson said. “As a lifelong rancher, I have always respected the bond between man and the environment. We depend on the land, and are charged with being its true stewards as we strive to meet the growing demands of our nation and the world.”
Nominations for the awards were received earlier this year by a screening committee composed of scientific and technical experts with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which selected the finalists. The three winners were then selected from the group of finalists by a selection committee made up of representatives from The Nature Conservancy, the state’s Water Management Districts, the Florida Farm Bureau, the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, the Florida Dairy Association, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida’s Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Florida Citrus Mutual, and the Florida Forestry Association.
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