Good Stewardship of the Environment
The future success of any farm – both from an ethical and business standpoint – directly correlates with how farmers treat the land today. With 95 percent of farms being family owned and operated, the land is often a family legacy passed down through the generations. As a result, conservation is a top priority and farmers are some of the most dedicated when it comes to respecting our natural resources.
Farmers voluntarily implement conservation and best management practices while helping to fund research and apply the latest technologies to their farms. These practices help prevent soil erosion, protect water and air quality and preserve habitat for plants and wildlife. If one thing is certain, it’s that Ohio farmers are dedicated to sustaining life and respecting nature.
Research and Innovation Help Farmers Protect Soil, Water, Air and Habitat
Farming has come a long way since the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, when drought and soil erosion caused major negative impacts on the land, air, water and wildlife habitat. Significant investments into agricultural research have led to innovations in the way farmers grow food and care for the land, animals and environment.
Today, farmers use conservation tillage practices and plant “buffer strips” of native trees and grass to prevent wind or water from carrying topsoil and nutrients off the fields. These “buffer strips” also serve as habitat and a food source for local wildlife.
In the case of fertilizer and crop protection products, farmers know that more does not equal better. They know that over-application only encourages negative effects on the land and water that they rely on, but it is also expensive. Innovations in GPS technology and soil testing enable farmers to customize fertilizer application nearly to the square foot. This prevents usage beyond what is absolutely necessary, and minimizes overlap, which helps reduce the amount of fuel being used as well.
These are just a few of the steps farmers are taking to sustain life and respect nature. They understand that improvements in farming, like in any other profession, are an ongoing process. And they are continually expanding their knowledge and adjusting their farming practices to provide the best quality food for your family and theirs.