On April 22, the world celebrates Earth Day in support of environmental protection efforts around the world. 192 countries celebrate Earth Day, some even Earth Week, but for farmers and ranchers, every day is Earth Day. The Des Moines Register said it perfectly in their Earth Day blog post, "The fact is, there are no better stewards of the environment than America’s farmers. On #EarthDay — and every day." Read the rest of that post here: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/columnists/iowa-view/2014/04/22/celebrate-iowa-farmers/7994791/
“America’s farmers and ranchers care for the land, and through their actions the environment has continually improved over the past 50 years, while at the same time farm and ranch productivity has dramatically increased” writes the North Dakota Farm Bureau in their post, “Nothing Greener than Ag.” We know America’s farm and ranch families are dedicated to caring for our planet, but you may not know the incredible progress American ag has made towards preserving Earth’s resources.” Discover that incredible process here, with an impressive list of facts and stats on the environmental advancements made by American agriculture, found here: https://www.ndfb.org/news/nothing-greener-than-ag/
USFRA 2013 Faces of Farming & Ranching Will Gilmer echoes this sentiment in his introspective post about the deep link farmers and ranchers have to the environment, and the spirit of continuous and mutually beneficial improvement in agriculture. He writes, “…while designating April 22nd as Earth Day may be necessary to bring about a heightened public awareness to our home planet's health, there's at least one group that celebrates the spirit of Earth Day every day...America's farming families.” Read the rest of his post here: http://gilmerdairy.blogspot.com/2009/04/happy-earth-day.html#.U1foV-ZdUQ5
Some farmers go to environmental extremes, like these Tennessee farmers who’ve build a lean, green home in the middle of 210 acres of daily farmland. “We wanted a home that would last, something our children could inherit and be proud of,” says Jennifer, who is expecting in July. “So we tried to think about resources that would endure, products that are going to be timeless.” Read more about their hi-tech and eco-friendly farmhouse here: http://tnhomeandfarm.com/eco-friendly-farmhouse
But your average farmer will be found day in and day out, silently going about the business of caring for the land that feeds us all. “While you celebrate Earth Day tomorrow, farmers and ranchers will take a moment, tip their cap in a salute to the good earth, and keep growing the food that sustains us all.” http://media.texasfarmbureau.org/your-texas-agriculture-minute-12/
And we thank you for that.
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