BERLIN, NY — At the sixth annual 2014 National GrassFed Exchange meeting in Columbia, MO, New York State’s own grazing advocate and beef farmer, Morgan Hartman of Black Queen Angus Farm in Berlin, NY coveted the prestigious Innovative Producer of the Year Award.
The theme of the conference and of the awards was land stewardship, providing consumers with healthy food products and helping others. Four hundred people from 40 states and three provinces of Canada applauded as Morgan graciously accepted his award, honoring him for making a difference in forage based agriculture.
“As you have seen here at the conference this year and in past years it is about much more than just producing beef. It is about the soil-grass-consumer connection,” said Doug Peterson, MO Soil Health Conservationist for NRCS. “It is about producing healthy food while we truly take care of the environment. Acting as a steward of the land instead of the owner is something that sets Morgan apart. This love of the land is what led him to share his passion, knowledge and experience with others through the Winter Greenup Conference, pasture walks at his farm and numerous other events in the northeast”.
“I was totally blindsided by this honor. I appreciate the recognition on behalf of my family, friends and customers who have supported my passion to work holistically with the environment and the food system,” said Morgan.
Morgan Hartman is the managing partner of Black Queen Angus. The farm raises Angus seedstock with a focus on maternal efficiency and the ability to work in a grass-finishing environment. They also direct market 100 percent grassfed beef and have a customer base across several states in the Northeast. He has been a pioneer in direct marketing grassfed beef in his part of the country and a founding member of the annual Winter Green-Up Grazing Conference in Albany.
A former U.S. Army Ranger with a degree in plant science from Cornell University, Hartman is a student of history with an eye to the future. He doesn’t believe Dust Bowls happen by accident and lives by the Ranger motto, “Sua sponte” (Of one’s own volition). In additions to raising grassfed beef, Morgan is busy raising his three children — Gable, Graziella and George.
For more information visit Black Queen Angus Farm at www.blackqueenangus.com .