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Delta F.A.R.M. Receives Gulf Guardian Award
From Left to Right: Bryon Griffith, Director of the EPA Gulf of Mexico Program, Stanley Meiburg, Acting EPA Region 4 Administrator, Mike Sturdivant, Jr., Chairman of Delta F.A.R.M., Trudy Fisher, Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Rex Martin of Syngenta, Rusty Mitchell of FMC Corporation, Dr. Bill Walker, Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and Jimmy Palmer, former EPA Region 4 Administrator.

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – Delta F.A.R.M. was presented with a 2009 Gulf Guardian Award on October 29th at a ceremony at the Beau Rivage Hotel and Casino in Biloxi, MS.



Delta Farmers Advocating Resource Management (F.A.R.M.) is an association of growers and landowners that strive to implement recognized agricultural practices which are conserving, restoring, and enhancing the environment in the Yazoo-Mississippi River Delta region of Northwest Mississippi. Over 21 non-governmental organizations and state and federal natural resource agencies participated in the development of the program to assist producers in attaining the highest possible level of land and water resource stewardship. The purpose of the program is to ensure a more sustainable and profitable future for agriculture.




Mike Sturdivant, Jr., the current Chairman of Delta F.A.R.M. and farmer from Glendora said, “Delta F.A.R.M. helps producers in the region address natural resource concerns by using tools that promote economic and environmental sustainability. In doing so, the organization has been successful in accruing environmental benefits while fostering significant support from the agricultural and environmental community.”



Currently, there are 1,254,464 acres of land in Yazoo-Mississippi River Delta enrolled in the voluntary program. Participating producers submit to annual evaluations to document the current conservation efforts in the region. Numerous programs and services are provided by Delta F.A.R.M. to assist producers. The farmer-lead organization provides these services free of charge and implements watershed improvement projects by leveraging technical and funding support provided by private entities, state and federal natural resource agencies and non-governmental organizations to benefit its membership and the environment. Among the private entities that support Delta F.A.R.M. are Syngenta, Monsanto, FMC and Famers Grain Terminal, who have supported the organization since its inception and continue to serve as the organization’s primary sponsors.



While Delta F.A.R.M. operates exclusively within the Yazoo Basin in Northwest Mississippi, the efforts of the organization and its farmer members have benefited water quality in the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico. Stanley Meiburg, Acting Regional Administrator of U.S. EPA Region 4 said, “The Gulf of Mexico is a priceless treasure. As a unique habitat, a place which gives pleasure to countless Americans, and a source of some of our most valuable resources, it has no equal. These Gulf Guardians who labor to protect and enhance this magnificent sea deserve our highest praise and thanks.”



The Gulf of Mexico Program began in 1988 to protect, restore and maintain the health and productivity of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem in economically sustainable ways. The Gulf of Mexico Program is underwritten by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and is a non-regulatory, inclusive consortium of state and federal government agencies and representatives of the business and agricultural community, fishing industry, scientists, environmentalists and community leaders from all five Gulf States. The Gulf Program seeks to improve the environmental health of the Gulf in concert with economic development.



Bryon Griffith, Director of the Gulf of Mexico Program said, “The Gulf Guardian Awards Program is in its 10th year of honoring citizens, governments and businesses throughout the 5 State Gulf Region for outstanding environmental achievements. Our 2009 award winners are truly an inspiration and exemplify the high quality of projects being done that generate as much excitement and pride as the award winners did in the beginning. With the addition of the Binational Gulf Guardian award in 2005, we now appropriately pay tribute to the bond we share in protecting this treasured resource with our southern neighbors and friends.”