Lambertson Family Farms, Twin Maples Farm honored nationally
TUCKER, Ga. — Two Maryland poultry farms were nationally recognized for their environmental stewardship by the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association.
The association recognized 12 poultry farms nominated for the annual Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award at the International Poultry Expo, part of the 2020 International Production & Processing Expo in Atlanta.
Lambertson Family Farms in Pocomoke, Md., selected as the Northeast region winner. The farm is operated by Wayne, Jason and Logan Lambertson and the family was nominated by Tyson Foods.
Twin Maples Farm, LLC in Ridgely, Md., was a finalist for the Northeast Region. Twin Maples Farm is operated by David and Spring Tribbett, and they were nominated by Amick Farms.
“It is a privilege to recognize these 12 family farms for the excellent job they do in being good stewards of their land. Our industry could not continue to function and thrive without taking proper care of our natural resources. These six winners and six finalists are to be commended for their efforts,” said Greg Hinton, Rose Acre Farms, Seymour, Ind., and newly elected association chairman.
Both Maryland farms are part of projects to develop alternate uses for poultry litter.
The Lambertsons have grown chickens since the 1950s but in 2014, Jason Lumberton entered into a pilot project on his Millennium Farms building an anaerobic digester for poultry manure.
Designed to process 1,200 tons of poultry litter per year, the system became operational in the spring of 2017.
In February 2017, Tribbett joined with other businessmen to form Mid-Atlantic Resource Company in Ridgely focused on making organic compost from poultry litter, hatchery waste and other products.
Applicants were rated in several categories, including dry litter management, nutrient management planning, community involvement, wildlife enhancement techniques, innovative nutrient management techniques and participation in education or outreach programs. In selecting the national winners and finalists, applications were reviewed and farm visits conducted by a team of environmental professionals from universities, regulatory agencies and poultry associations.
The winners were chosen from five geographical regions throughout the United States.
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