Farmers Do More than Feed the World
by Katie Heger (Farm & Ranch Guide) … It is just so cliché and doesn’t nearly cover all that agriculture is about. On our family farm, we do so much more than feed the world.
Now, let me explain. Yes, my farm grows crops and some of those crops are made into food products such as bread, tofu, soy milk, wheat cereal flakes and refried beans. But that is not all. Much of our crops are used to make things like ink, insulation, crayons, carpet, livestock feed and ethanol.
Not all of what is grown on my farm and many other farms solely provides a commodity that is used as food – food that is used to feed a growing population here in my small rural town and places all over the world.
So what do we do on our farm besides grow food, livestock feed, soybeans for insulation and crayons, and corn for ethanol? We analyze the soil looking for its specific nutrient values; we enrich our knowledge base by attending classes; we shovel and scoop; we climb and sweep; we plan and evaluate; we repair; we research new seeds available and weed issues; we plant and harvest, and nurture and protect the plants that grow in our fields. We make decisions every minute of every day to be sustainable and leave this third-generation farm better for the upcoming generations.
The future of farming is much more than planting a few seeds to feed the world. It is technology, ongoing training, sharing our story, protecting our rights and preserving our resources for generations to come. READ MORE