Blessings come with a responsibility to care and nourish. I believe that it is truly a blessing to live in Central Nebraska and be a cattle farmer. When I walk outdoors and see the beauty of the countryside around me, I am constantly reminded of my responsibility to care.
Natural Resources, many times, seem more than plentiful in our area. The soil is fertile, the Ogallala Aquifer runs deep and true under our land, and the number of people is limited. On “Game Day” at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln (the home of the Nebraska Cornhuskers) the football stadium is the third largest city in Nebraska with about 80,000 loyal fans. Relative to the number of people that live in Nebraska, the number of natural resources is abundant. However, our region is dedicated to raising food that will feed people and animals that far outreach our state borders.
Sustainability is a current “buzz word”, and a very important concept for insuring the future of our country and our world. The dictionary defines sustainable as “to prolong and keep up”. I define it as caring for our land and natural resources so that they will continue to thrive not only in my lifetime, but also when my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren tend to it.
Matt and I work hard, every day, to insure that our farm is sustainable. The various components of our farm must make an equal and balanced cycle. This includes our crop land, our pasture ground, our cattle farm, and the natural fertilizer that the cattle produce and we use to replenish the nutrients in the soil. We are able to create a sustainable cycle on our farm, care for the environment, and at the same time supply the world with healthy and safe food. We do it because we care, and we take the responsibility that comes with the blessing of living and working on a farm very seriously. We do it because we know that if we take care of the land, then it will take care of us.
How do I know that we are doing it correctly? Both the state and federal governments audit my farm to insure that I am, and I keep extensive records of
what I do every day to protect the land that I tend to.
Stay tuned for the next post when I talk more specifically about what I do to protect and care for the environment on my farm…