Utah Ranch recognized with the National Environmental Stewardship Award
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has announced that JY Ferry & Son, Inc. in Corinne, Utah, is the national recipient of the 2021 Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP). The award, which annually recognizes stewardship practices conservation achievements of cattle ranchers, was presented to the Ferry family at the Beef Industry Summer Business Meeting in Reno.
“Cattlemen are the original conservationists,” said NCBA President Don Schiefelbein. “JY Ferry & Son, Inc., is a perfect example of how farming and ranching families conserve natural resources for generations to come.”
Sustainability has long been a goal for JY Ferry & Son, with a 100-year conservation history focusing on agricultural practices that conserve water, energy and other natural resources. The Ferry family recognizes that environmental sustainability goes hand in hand with the economic viability of the business. Creating strategic partnerships with local conservation groups, government entities, and regulators helps ensure business stability. One of the main goals of the operation is to increase economic sustainability by improving water efficiency for the farm through laser leveling, channeling of ditches and the use of plant health principles. soils, including cover crops and reduced tillage.
“Sustainability is a process and whatever happens tomorrow will be affected by what I do today,” said John Ferry. “But if you are wise and listen to the earth, it will tell you what it can do.”
The majority of the range used by JY Ferry & Son, Inc. includes public and private wetlands. Livestock grazing is an environmentally friendly way to control the spread of wetland invasive species such as Phragmites. Phragmites are listed as noxious weeds in Utah, but they are very palatable and provide excellent feed value for livestock. Ferry’s targeted grazing approach allows more desirable plant species to become permanently established, and once desired plant populations are established, Phragmites control is sustained with grazing. Years of strategic and deliberate grazing practices on private wetlands managed by JY Ferry have proven beneficial to livestock, wildlife and the ecosystem.
“We believe that the way we manage our livestock and crops improves air quality, water quality and wildlife habitats, and we base decisions about grazing and crop rotation on the availability of water resources,” said Joel Ferry. “We are also modifying grazing rotations to avoid sensitive nesting areas, target invasive plant species and improve water quality in wetlands.”
Established in 1991, ESPA identifies the best land stewards in the beef industry. Each year, seven families are recognized with regional environmental stewardship awards, with one being honored as a national winner.
2021 Regional Winners:
Region I – EZ Acres, LLC, Homer, New York
Region II – Vaughn Farms, Forsyth, Georgia
Region III – Robbins Land & Cattle, Scranton, Iowa
Region IV – Dry Creek Ranch, San Angelo, Texas
Region V – Joe C King & Sons Ranch, Winnett, Montana
Region VI – JY Ferry & Son, Inc., Corinne, Utah
Region VII – Blair Brothers Angus Ranch, Vale, South Dakota
Former ESAP national winners:
2020 – Beatty Canyon Ranch, Colorado
2019 – Blackbeard’s Ranch, Florida
2018 – Thunder View Farms, New York
2017 – Jim O’Haco Cattle Company, Arizona
2016 – Black Leg Ranch, North Dakota
2015 – Maggie Creek Ranch, Nevada
The Environmental Stewardship Award program is generously sponsored by corporations and federal agencies that share the industry’s commitment to caring for the environment and protecting natural resources. Sponsors such as Corteva Agriscience, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, McDonald’s, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partner with NCBA to promote environmental stewardship throughout the supply chain. beef supply.
For more information, visit www.environmentalstewardship.org.