Scavello: Bangor Company Receives the First Pennsylvania Leopold Conservation Award

Harrisburg — Senator Mario Scavello (R-40) today presented a Senate Citation to Bangor’s Harvest Home Meats, Pennsylvania’s first winner of the prestigious Leopold Conservation Award. The award is given out in 14 states.

Presented in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the Leopold Conservation Award recognizes farmers, ranchers and foresters who inspire others with their dedication to land, water and wildlife habitat management on private, working land. The award is presented in Pennsylvania by Heinz Endowments, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and Sand County Foundation.

The owners of Harvest Home Meats, Richard Difebo and his son, Dohl, were given the award during a ceremony at the 2019 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

The Difebos, who raise grass-fed beef cattle, converted highly-erodible row crop land to grass pastures, installed contour strips, raised cover crops, used no-till seeding practices, and fenced off streams and ponds on their farm.

“Richard and Dohl Difebo earned this prestigious award by demonstrating that agricultural business operators can be successful while also being responsible environmental stewards,” said Scavello. “Harvest Home Meats has family ties to our area that go back a century, and we all celebrate their nationally recognized achievement.”

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