They have helped save endangered geese, and controlled manure and reduced water use, all the while producing food in and near Stanislaus County. Six operations in the region are among 45 recognized statewide by the American Farmland Trust in a report called Profiles in Stewardship. The Washington, D.C.-based group highlighted efforts by farmers and ranchers to protect the environment and livestock.
Some were already well known, such as the Lyons family near Modesto and the Foster Farms poultry company in Livingston. Read More