ESAP Applications are Due March 12

Dan Cattle, Conservation, Environment

Environmental Stewardship Award Program 2019 Region II Winner
Blackbeard’s Ranch, Myakka City, FL

It was just a little over a year ago, at the 2020 Cattle Industry Convention, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) announced that Blackbeard’s Ranch in Myakka, Florida was the winner of the 2019 Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP). They were the Southeast, NCBA Region 2, representative in the award recognition program that year.

For those interested in being a part of this year’s program, here’s a reminder that applications for the 2021 Environmental Stewardship Award are due on March 12, 2021. Any individual, group or organization is eligible to nominate one individual or business who raises or feeds cattle. Individuals and families may not nominate themselves. But nominees are welcome to be involved in the preparation of the application.


Past nominees are eligible and encouraged to resubmit their application, but previous winners may not reapply. Along with the typed application, one nomination letter and three letters of recommendation highlighting the nominee’s leadership in conservation are expected.

The full nomination application and directions for its completion can be found by clicking here.

2019 Region 2 ESAP Winner – Blackbeard’s Ranch

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Blackbeard’s Ranch in Myakka City, Florida, is one of the last large intact working cow-calf operations in this part of the Sunshine State. Jim Strickland worked with the National Resources Conservation Services to dedicate one-third of the ranch into a permanent conservation easement to protect water quality down-stream, restoring the wetlands and the native hydrological regime on 1,500 acres.
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