Poultry farmers Ted Layton and Scott Willey were recognized for their efforts to improve water quality and reduce nutrient runoff with the 2016 Delaware Environmental Stewardship Award.

Layton and Willey are co-owners of T&S Farms near Milford, growing broiler chickens for Allen Harim Foods on a 44-acre farm. They have four poultry houses, with a capacity of 134,000 birds per flock. As part of their efforts, they have installed a manure shed and compost, have a stormwater pond and will plant a tree buffer. They focus on weed control, lane maintenance and pad cleanliness and have all manure transported by Ellis Farms.

Awards to Layton and Willey and three runners-up were presented Jan. 9 during Delaware Ag Week by Nutrient Management Commission Chairman Bill Vanderwende and Nutrient Management Program Administrator Chris Brosch.

Runners-up were:

— Alvin and Norma Warner, of Milford, who grow for Perdue Foods growing the Coleman Organic Program, with a capacity of 62,000 organic broilers. They have created 15 acres of riparian buffers and wildlife habitat, planted tree buffers and installed heavy use pads and a composter.

— Tracey Hill, of Laurel, who grows for Mountaire Farms, with a capacity of 116,000 broilers. He has grassed waterways and all pipes lead to a fish-stocked pond which treats stormwater from the production area.

— Jim Nguyen, of Georgetown, who grows for Amick Farms, with a capacity of 110,000 broilers. He has installed heavy use pads, planted trees to reduce exhaust emissions, graded swales to direct stormwater into a one-acre pond, planted apple trees and berry bushes for wildlife and uses freezers for mortality.

Layton and Willey will receive $1,000, a plaque and a sign for their farm. The runners-up will receive $500, plaques and signs.

The awards are supported by Allen Harim Foods, Amick Farms, Mountaire Farms and Perdue Farms.