Va. Farmer Wins National Environmental Excellence Award

February 3, 2011

A farmer in Weyers Cave is getting a national award for how he protects the land on his poultry farm.

Bud Shaver Jr. raises chickens for Pilgrim's Pride. He's the winner of the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association's Environmental Excellence award for the region.

Shaver was recognized for eliminating run-off by adding fencing along the Middle River, and for planting trees and grasses along the flood plain.

Shaver says he is not the only one making these improvements.

"It also says a lot about what is going on here in the valley. Not only from what we have done personally, but also what other farmers are doing," he said. "There are a lot of farmers in the area who are doing the same type of work, and maybe not getting the recognition."

Shaver says he plans to add more beneficial grasses to his pastureland.

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