Sustainability

Proactive Approach: Agritourism Perfect Platform to Share Sustainable Practices

Tate Farms has been working the red clay soils of the Tennessee Valley in northern Alabama for more than 100 years. But it is only recently that the farm has had to share roads and field borders with nearby Huntsville’s subdivision sprawl. Rather than ignore the evolution, Mike, Steve and Jeff Tate and Steve’s son-in-law … Read More »

Proactive Approach: Agritourism Perfect Platform to Share Sustainable Practices

Sustainability Trendsetter: Tennessee Farmer Works Many Angles

David Womack has spent his career as a cutting-edge soybean farmer and industry leader. While the Shelbyville, Tenn. producer has retired from row crop production, he still runs a few cows and remains an advocate for promoting soybean industry sustainability on many fronts. “I started no-tilling soybeans in 1973 when it was a relatively new … Read More »

Sustainability Trendsetter: Tennessee Farmer Works Many Angles

Melding Conservation and Profitability

Dallas, Wis., farmer Andy Bensend’s hand was forced. A casualty of the grim 1980s farm economy, Bensend filed bankruptcy in 1986. While difficult, the decision allowed Bensend to reinvent himself as a farmer. “I knew I had to be lean. I had a tractor, planter and sprayer,” Bensend said. “It was driven out of necessity, … Read More »

Melding Conservation and Profitability

Cover Crop Tool Directs Decision Making

Farmers have as many questions as answers when it comes to cover crops. While this relative newcomer to conservation strategy is proving effective, it’s not without its challenges.

“The primary questions I have gotten from farmers for the last 10 years are about which cover crops to plant and how to use those crops to solve specific field conservation issues,” said Betsy Bower, certified crop adviser (CCA) with Ceres Solutions, Lafayette, Ind. … Read More »

Cover Crop Tool Directs Decision Making

Sustainability Practices Prove Their Worth

Walton Farms has been operating on and around the same land in Iowa since 1835, spanning multiple generations and many different farming practices. When Walton Farms acquired new land 20 miles away from their other farming areas, implementing new sustainability practices seemed a natural fit. With all farm partners on board, Walton said once they got started, they never looked back— leading them to be 85-90 percent no-till today. … Read More »

Sustainability Practices Prove Their Worth