Sustainable Ag Series: Farmers
“Growers are performing ‘sustainable practices’ but do not see them as such; they see them as just good farming practices and being good stewards of their land.” – Hank Giclas, Western Growers
How do farmers address sustainable agriculture?
Farmers are taking care of the soil…
Farmers are conserving water…
Sustainable Farming helps to sequester CO2
How corporations, governments and NGOs are working with our farmers.
The government is also involved with sustainable agricultural efforts. For example, the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service has advocated and established several conservation and soil health programs into the 2014 Farm Bill, as well as supporting working land conservation programs like Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), and Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). These programs support farmers and ranchers adopting conservation practices, like crop rotation, cover cropping, low tillage system management, etc., and in turn receive financial and technical assistance for their contribution to sustainability.
Communicating Sustainability to the Consumer.
The Bottom Line:
Farmers are engaging, embracing and applying sustainable agricultural practices to their farms throughout the U.S. and around the world. We as consumers are just not hearing about it. However, with the help of agriculture sustainability initiative platforms and the investment in data collection technologies, farmers have better tools and networks to better communicate and improve their sustainability efforts.