Each year, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam recognizes innovative Florida farmers with the Agricultural Environmental Leadership Award.

The award commends enterprises that demonstrate leadership in developing and implementing innovative and progressive techniques to safeguard the environment and conserve natural resources.

The deadline for submitting nominations is May 2. Commissioner Putnam will present the awards at the Florida Farm Bureau Federation's Annual Meeting in October.

“The future of our state’s $108 billion agriculture industry depends on innovation, technology and leadership,” said Commissioner Putnam. “This award highlights growers who implement these qualities to continue growing this industry while also protecting our natural resources for the future.”

The following environmental practices will be considered in judging nominations for the 2014 Agricultural Environmental Leadership Award.

  • Wildlife protection and Habitat Conservation: Provide a safe, vibrant habitat for wildlife within an agricultural operation.
  • Pesticide/Nutrient Management: Use pesticides/nutrients responsibly, maximizing benefits and minimizing potential adverse environmental effects.
  •  Water Quality: Preserve or improve water quality within or adjacent to an agricultural operation.
  •  Soil and Water Conservation: Reduce soil erosion, nutrient depletion and water consumption, and enhance water recharge.
  •  Waste Management/Recycling: Reduce waste by recycling agricultural by-products and waste products on site.