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 soybean farmers are some of the most dedicated when it comes to respecting our natural resources.
Soybean 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.
John Motter’s father taught him to be a ‘conservation farmer.’
“Dad said,’You have to be a steward of the land. It’s your job to leave the land better than you found it.’ Doing things like no-till, installing drainage and filter strips, and grass waterways aren’t optional. There always has to be a balance between what we need to do to preserve nature and what we have to do to feed a growing population.”
Learn more about John’s farming practices here.