Celebrating Earth Day as Stewards of the Land

04-22-2015 in Communications Internship

By: Haley Banwart, CSIF Communications Intern

“We do not inherit the land from our forefathers; we borrow it from our children.”

This Native American proverb rings true as we celebrate Earth Day to inspire awareness and appreciation for the environment. As stewards of the land, today’s farmers are dedicated to improving their operations in order to protect the air, water and soil for future generations.

The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers assists farmers in reaching this goal by providing resources to implement best management practices. One successful example includes the Green Farmstead Partner Program.

With the support of Trees Forever and the Iowa Nursery and Landscape Association, the Green Farmstead Partner Program provides livestock farmers the tools they need to “go green” by strategically planting shrubs and trees on their farm sites. Establishing wind breaks is a great way to control snow in the winter, provide shade in the summer and add protection against weather elements. Acting as a natural filtration system, planted trees and shrubs also reduce odor and enhance the beauty and visual appeal of the landscape.

Farmer’s efforts to work in harmony with Mother Nature go beyond tree plantings. From proper manure management to enrolling acres in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), there are countless ways Iowa farmers practice environmental stewardship.

Advancements in science and technology have allowed farmers to make great strides in increasing production while using fewer resources than ever before. Across the state’s 99 counties, Iowa farmers continue to develop innovative ways to reduce their environmental footprint and preserve the land that is home to world renowned soil.

Effective management of Earth’s resources leaves a lasting impact both on and off the farm. In addition to providing a sustainable model for future generations, environmentally conscious farming decisions also enhance the value of the communities we live in.

The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers is committed to helping farmers fulfill their responsibility to preserve the lifestyle, profession and industry that feeds and fuels the world. For more information on best management practices, click here.

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