The Environment. A Farmer's Most Valuable Resource.
The farmers, researchers, teachers, and other stakeholders in agriculture care about our environment. They realize that without the land, air, and water, there wouldn't be any agriculture. While some agricultural practices dilute environmental sustainability, agriculturists have carefully crafted thousands of techniques to maintain the wellbeing of the environment.
Each producer bears a major responsibility of caring for millions of living plants. Experts and researchers have developed tools to assist in the process of maintaining healthy plants. Some of the most effective inventions include sensors, crop protection tools, and plant nutrients.
Why Do We Need Pesticides and Herbicides?
...To ensure that a healthy seed matures into a healthy plant that can be used for food and other purposes. Without crop protection tools, the United States would lose about 60% of our harvest each year (source). When used in moderation, herbicides and pesticides allow producers to better care for their crops and ensure the wellbeing of agriculture in the United States.
Chemical Application Restriction
All types of chemicals legally used in the United States are strictly regulated by numerous federal agencies. Agriculture is no different. Every crop protection tool is tested and evaluated before it can be applied for agricultural use.
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Conservation. Moderation. Preservation.
Genetic Reinforcing & the Environment
Production using genetically reinforced plants reduces the need for chemical crop protection methods. The use of GROs also allows producers to use less land, water, fuel, and other inputs, which in turn promotes more sustainable production.
Animal Agriculture & the Environment
Animal producers utilize many techniques to protect the environment. A few of their well refined strategies include building fences along water ways to prevent animal waste contamination and also constantly developing new methods to recycle manure & greenhouse gases.
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Soil Care: Cover Crops
One of the most common ways of caring for the soil comes in the form of cover crops. These crops are planted after a "cash crop" and convert solar energy into organic matter and other soil nutrients. Cover crops also help to prevent pests and slow soil erosion.
Some of the most common cover crops include oats (below), radish, and triticale. Learn more about cover crops in "Production Methods Reports."
Soil Care: "No Till"
If you've ever driven past a field and seen chopped corn stalks, you've witnessed "no till" agriculture. The farmer has strategically decided to leave the soil undisturbed until the next season of planting. This practice is a natural way of keeping the soil in place while also adding much needed moisture. #NoMoreDustBowl
Check out this great picture, from the United States Soybean Board, of a farmer utilizing "no till" as he plants next season's crop.
Water Care: Buffer Zones
Buffer zones are areas of vegetation between agricultural fields and bodies of water. The plants in buffer zones serve as a filter between fields and waterways, while also keeping soil in place. Other types of buffers can protect livestock, buildings, and more.
In the above image, published by the United States Department of Agriculture, a buffer zone separates a river and agricultural land.