LAWRENCE COUNTY FARMER FEATURED IN NATIONAL CORN GROWERS VIDEO
Lawrence County farmer Don Glenn of Hillsboro, vice-chairman of the National Corn Growers Association’s Production and Stewardship Action Team (PSAT), discussed sustainability and responsible stewardship guidelines in a video produced by the organization. “Driving Change,” the 16-minute video, features NCGA leadership and farmers from across the country.
“NCGA has been involved in [monitoring] water quality for years,” said Glenn. “It’s been one of the driving issues for the Production and Stewardship Action Team. Water is a finite resource we have to take care of and make the best use of.”
Glenn and others shared why farmers work hard to protect the environment for future generations. They also shared how — through responsible conservation techniques like installing buffer strips around irrigated acreage and using no-till practices.
“It’s the right thing to do,” Glenn said.
“Driving Change” was also created to dispel worries the urban sector may have regarding today’s farmers.
“A lot of the problems today are just misconceptions. People don’t know what we do,” Glenn said. “When they come [to our farms] and actually see what we do… the effort we put into taking care of the environment... they say, ‘Oh!’ They finally get it. Many years ago, everybody had some kind of connection to the farm. But these days, less than 1 or 2 percent of our population has a connection to agriculture and the farm. We have to get the message out to them, have them visit with us and encourage them to see what we do.”
To view the video, visit http://youtu.be/VyXjeDIgN8E. For more information on NCGA, including conservation practices, visit NCGA.com.