The plants on Tony Thompson’s Minnesota farm prevent water runoff and block nutrients from spilling into and polluting the Mississippi River. Using tools such as ridge tillers and wide buffers, he is committed to continually improving the environmental sustainability of his farm. He also grows 3,000 acres of corn and soybeans from genetically modified seed.

We’ve always said that big farming doesn’t mean bad farming. Today’s farms are more advanced and sustainable than ever before, and those large-scale farmers who are economic and environmentally sustainable also deserve to be heard – the changes they make can have a dramatic impact on modern agriculture.