In early February, I was honored to be presented with the 2012 Environmental Leader Award by the National Young Farmers Educational Association in Washington, D.C.
The national award recognizes young producers who integrate environmental management into their overall business and production plans. I was recognized specifically for my conservation work with water quality and range restoration on my family’s small ranch in Clear Creek County.
Click to read the NYFEA news release: NYFEA Environmental Leader Award – 021512
Click for a radio interview about the award from Barn Media: NYFEA Radio – Barn Media 031012 – 7m30s
In addition to speaking before the NYFEA’s Policy Forum attendees about RVB’s business and highlighting some of the environmental stewardship practices we are undertaking, I also met with two of Colorado’s Congressional delegation (Rep. Scott Tipton & Rep. Cory Gardner) to discuss several policy issues important to not only NYFEA, but also state and national cattlemen’s associations. Rep. Gardner had one of his staff usher us through the underground walkways between the Canon House Office Building and the Capitol where he stepped off the House Floor to talk prior to voting on the Keystone Pipeline issue.
After our meetings on Capitol Hill, I had some free time to walk around the entire National Mall taking in the historic sights and even stopped in to see as much of the Smithsonian Museum of American History as I could in the little time I had – something I’ve wanted to do for a long time!
It was a great trip and a real honor to have some of our work nationally recognized. Whenever you’re working with natural resources and trying to affect any type of positive change, it takes a long time. So while we’re just in the beginning phase of doing some of the work we’re doing, this award gives me a ton of encouragement and underscores the importance of what we do for a living!
Thanks NYFEA for the honor and for all you do to secure the future of agriculture and food production for the world.