Sustainability

Sustainability
Sustainable.  That word means different things to different people, but what it means to our state’s farmers and ranchers is protecting our state’s natural resources, while producing a crop profitable enough to stay in business in order to pass land to the next generation.  Biotechnology provides farmers with better seeds that require fewer pesticides and can withstand drought and disease, allowing farmers to do more with less. Precision technology allows farmers to pinpoint pesticide and fertilizer needs down to the individual plant, thus cutting back on use and reducing environmental impact. And farmers are improving soil health and water quality with techniques like no-till, conservation tillage, and planting cover crops, which keep nutrients in the soil and traps excess carbon. In fact, the amount of CO2 emissions reduced through conservation tillage in 2016 was equivalent to taking 16.7 million cars off the road for a year. That’s the definition of sustainability.