Bill Tait of Yuma and Rob Grumbles of Kingman were chosen as the recipients of the Environmental Stewardship Award. The announcement was made during the Arizona Farm Bureau’s 85th Annual Convention, held Nov. 9 -10 at the Crowne Plaza in Phoenix.

The award, which can be given to an individual or family, was developed to recognize those who go above and beyond in order to make a difference within their county or their state Farm Bureau.

Bill Tait is the Emergency Management Director in Yuma County was chosen due to his proactive efforts in developing a emergency response tactics plan to situations like the E.-coli outbreak that brought forth the development of the Incident Command System. His proactive approach of preparation and planning is revolutionary and the first of its kind in the Southwest. Bill has formed a partnership with the Yuma Farm Bureau that is developing a response plan to handle a natural or terrorist threat.

Rob Grumbles is with the Mohave County Extension Service and was chosen due to his two decades of dedicated service to the agricultural community in Mohave County. Rob has been an outstanding asset to farmers and ranchers and has proven time and again that research, perseverance and hard work can make all the difference. Rob is a key factor in gathering information that the ranching industry needs to respond to range and environmental concerns raised by the public lands managers in the area.