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$10,000 land stewardship prize offered by AFT.

Nominations are being accepted through Nov. 1 for American Farmland "Dust's 2006 Steward of the Land Award. The $10,000 prize is presented annually to a farmer or rancher who best exemplifies AFT's mission of stopping the loss of productive farmland and promoting farming practices that lead to a healthy environment. Nomination kits can be requested by calling (800) 886-5170, extension 3011, or can easily be downloaded on AFVT's Web site: steward/nomination_instructions.pdf.

The 2005 Steward of the Land Award was recently presented to Steve Sinton, a wine grape grower and fourth-generation cattle rancher from Shandon, Calif. Throughout his 18,000 acres of ranchland and 125 acres of vineyards, Sinton uses a variety of innovative practices to promote sustainability and protect the environment. His efforts have even resulted in the reintroduction of the California condor, which nest on parts of his property. He was also instrumental at the state level in the creation of the California Rangeland Trust, California's statewide agricultural land trust.

"The Steward of the Land Award showcases the diversity of American agriculture and illustrates the many benefits farmers and ranchers provide to the general public, like habitat for wildlife, a filter for clean air and water and scenic vistas," said Sinton.

"I'm a rancher, but I know that past winners of this award have also been grain growers, dairy farmers and fruit growers. There are people in every aspect of agriculture that are engaged in good stewardship practices."
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Title Annotation:NEWSLINE
Author:Campbell, Dan
Publication:Rural Cooperatives
Date:Jul 1, 2005
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