YOUR TEXAS AGRICULTURE MINUTE
Working together for the planet’s health
By Gene Hall
I spent the weekend at Earth Day Texas at the Dallas fairgrounds. It’s my second year to be part of the festivities, coordinating issues panels and helping with Farm Bureau’s Planet Agriculture exhibit.
After crossing swords with elements of environmental activism for 39 years, it was surprising how much I felt at home there. Devoted environmentalists and the modern agriculture community both care about the health of the planet.
The tools of modern agriculture lend themselves to taking care of the water and the soil. We turn the soil over less, and we use fewer inputs to grow a crop. This means a smaller carbon footprint as we cross the field fewer times.
Sustainability is a word we should all make our own. Growing food for this generation and those to come is a big job. Taking care of the land as we do that is important. And we can’t forget about economic sustainability. If a farm family can’t make a living on the land, then we are all in trouble. For farmers, every day is Earth Day.
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