For Florida's ranching families, the land is not just where they raise cattle; it's also where they raise their families. They have a personal stake in the quality of their environment - so they are always looking for new ways to improve the air, water and land on and near their property.
In fact, today’s cattlemen are significantly more environmentally sustainable than they were 30 years ago. A study by Washington State University in 2007 found that today’s farmers and ranchers raise 13% more beef from 30% fewer cattle.
When compared with beef production in 1977, each pound of beef produced today:
Produces 16% less carbon emissions
Takes 33% less land
Requires 12% less water
The Environmental Stewardship Program is a way of assisting others to learn more about the environment, conservation, stewardship practices, and educational opportunities.
Each year six families across the nation are recognized for their efforts in being Environmental Stewards of the Land. Florida is home to many regional and national winners. Learn more about them below.