Farm Credit producers are doing more than just enduring disasters—they’re adapting, innovating and stewarding the land for future generations.
America’s producers are the land’s original stewards and continue to lead the way in implementing climate-smart agriculture practices. From planting cover crops and crop rotation to conservation tillage and other regenerative practices, these environmentally sustainable practices benefit producers, the land they operate, their local communities and make agriculture more resilient to climate risks.
We are proud to support the ingenuity and dedication of our customers as they explore ways to make their operations more sustainable. From improving soil vitality or reducing irrigation and other inputs to increasing organic production and implementing renewable energy sources, American producers are leading the way in preserving the nation’s natural resources while continuing to produce a safe and abundant food, fuel and fiber supply.
"The land is just ours to borrow; you have to leave some for tomorrow.” -Jake Terry, Lieb Farms
For many Farm Credit customers, sustainability and efficiency are one in the same, which is why producers are essential to the climate change conversation.
And as severe weather events continue to occur with greater frequency, utilizing precision agriculture tools, biotechnology and investing in new, innovative solutions is more crucial than ever. Jon Whatley of J&K Wkhatley Farms is took a new approach to improve soil health as a result of a severe sandstorm that nearly destroyed his crop. He started using sustainable practices by integrating a hybrid method of no-till and conventional till, and now uses conservation strip tillage to improve organic matter build up.
“When I used to plow and disk, I was trying to get rid of organic matter because I thought it created issues. Now I want as much as I can in the soil.” -Jon Whatley
Farmers are also embracing and utilizing alternative and renewable energy sources. Like Drs. Halton Peters and Tyler Jacoby of Hardee Fresh who power their entire operation through renewable energy. They produce a variety of green leafy vegetables that are all USDA certified organic, 100 percent pesticide-free, herbicide-free and fungicide-free inside a 54,000 square foot building. Through the use of technology, farmers continue to do more with less inputs and Farm Credit is proud to support efforts and innovators exploring new solutions to enhance the agriculture industry.