To a farmer and a rancher, Earth Day is every day. Farmers and ranchers are at the forefront of climate-smart farming, putting scientific solutions, technology and innovation to work to protect our land, air and water to feed the world.
According to South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) President Scott VanderWal, these advancements are allowing American farmers and ranchers to do more with less.
“Over the last 70 years, U.S. farms have nearly tripled in production while the amount of resources used (including land, energy and fertilizer) has remained rather stable, said VanderWal. “Compared to 1990, farmers would have needed almost 100 million additional acres to harvest the same amount of corn, cotton, rice, soybeans and wheat they produced in 2018.”
This Earth Day and every day, farmers and ranchers are reducing their environmental impact as they produce more food, fuel and fiber using fewer natural resources, added VanderWal.
More information about South Dakota Farm Bureau can be found at sdfbf.org.
Agriculture Producers at Forefront of Protecting Natural Resources