Darrell Glaser, a member of the second class of Faces of Farming & Ranching, is a turkey farmer from Rogers, Texas. Like Erin Brenneman, he too is committed to answering America’s questions about where our food comes from, and he shares his perspectives here.
What is your farming background?
The farm was started by my grandfather 80 years ago and has been in constant production since that time. Our operation is truly a family farm. My 71-year old mother still works on the farm today along with my four sons, Trenton, Trevor, Troy and Travis.
What does sustainability mean to you?
Sustainability to me means consistent improvements to ensure a better future here on our farm. A great example of this was adding turkeys to our strictly cattle ranch back in the mid 1990’s. We collect the turkey manure, which in turn helps fertilize the grass for our cows. This symbiotic method has greatly improved soil fertility as well as increased the organic matter of our soil. In essence, it helps us take better care of our land so that it is healthy for future generations.
What is something you think farmers and ranchers could do better?
Transparency and honesty are so important when it comes to agriculture today, and frankly I think we, as farmers and ranchers, need to do a better job of communicating with consumers. I know consumers have concerns about how their food is grown and raised and I hope that, by sharing our farming methods and production practices, we can ease those worries and increase confidence in the food they feed their families.