Press Release – Environmental & On Farm Security Certifications


From left to right: Justin, Stephanie, and Rebecca Crownover

For Immediate Release

September 21, 2016


Farm in Sunray, TX Receives Awards for Environmental and Farm Security Standards

Lone Star Family Farms received the Cropland Environmental Certification and the On-Farm Security Certification.


SUNRAY, Texas – Lone Star Family Farms was recently awarded the Cropland Environmental Certification and the On-Farm Security Certification by Validus Verification Services, LLC a Division of Where Food Comes From for their commitment to environmental cropland stewardship and on-farm safety and security standards. The awards, presented in Indianapolis, Indiana by FamilyFarms Group on July 11th, recognizes a farmer’s commitment to caring for the land, implementing exceptional conservation practices while producing crops, and maintaining a safe and secure operation.

The Environmental Certification program focuses on six key areas: water quality, soil quality, plants, wildlife, irrigation, and energy use. The audit involves maintaining or improving soil productivity and water quality, using a natural commercial fertilizer, improving wildlife habitats, controlling noxious weeds, reducing energy inputs, restricting access to fuel, pesticides and fertilizer storage, improving energy conservation and improving the security of stored grain.

The On-Farm Security Certification focuses on six main items of standard including crop storage, permanent pesticide storage, permanent fertilizer storage, fuel storage, equipment, and identity-preserved crop. Each of the six main items is audited for theft and bio-terrorism, location, documentation, sanitation and containment, and employee safety. These standards assist in managing and mitigating risks for the operation.

“Earning the Cropland Environmental and On-Farm Security certifications is very important to our operation,” stated Rebecca Crownover, Partner of Lone Star Family Farms. “Having the certification confirms we are working hard to implement production practices that preserve the land and protect the environment so we can leave a legacy for future generations.”


Lone Star Family Farms is a 4th generation, family farm operation located in Sunray, Texas. They are actively involved in their community and several commodity organizations. For more information, visit and

About Lone Star Family Farms

Lone Star Family Farms is a 4th generation, family owned and operated business based in Sunray, Texas. Lone Star Family Farms strives to produce quality grains through their team of expertise, while also implementing the latest technologies to prove efficiencies across the farm.  The farm believes in best practices that protect our natural resources to ensure farming for many future generations to come.

About FamilyFarms Group

FamilyFarms Group is committed to delivering business solutions for agricultural producers designed to preserve their legacy now and for future generations. FamilyFarms Group, established in 2006 and headquartered near St. Louis, Mo, is owned by its Members and represents more than 1.5 million acres of row crop production throughout North America. Participating together with a singular purpose, FamilyFarms Group can achieve what individual producers cannot – accumulation of enough acres, knowledge, technology, and capital to successfully compete globally.

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