Pig Farming and the Environment – We’re Always Improving
October 19, 2017
When we talk about pig farming, we can get a lot of questions within our communities. But I’m here to tell you, we understand the concerns and we’re doing everything in our power to do the right thing for the environment.
But it’s not just about the air. Ask any pig farmer, and they know how important it is to protect our natural resources in all of our practices as part of the We Care Initiative. Our environmental goals include:
- Management of manure as a valuable resource and use in a manner that safeguards air and water quality.
- Management of air quality from farms to minimize the impact on neighbors and the community.
- Management of our farms to protect the quality of natural resources.
- Operating in a manner that protects the environment and public health.
Farmers are subject to a host of federal and state environmental regulations. We work with officials at all levels of government to develop science-based rules to reuse and manage valuable manure-based nutrients — swine manure is a very economical fertilizer. Farmers are looking at best management practices like manure injection which is the use of nitrogen inhibitors and cover crops to keep fertilizer in the field. These practices keep manure nutrients with the crops and reduce input costs.
In short — we know that forward-thinking agricultural practices are not just good for the planet and its people, they’re also good for business. So the next time you hear a farmer talking shop, know that today most pig farmers have embraced these expanded concepts of sustainability. We’re doing our best to protect the environment.
Originally posted on the Real Pig Farming blog.
Phil raises pigs with his children Mike, Kevin, and Michelle in Nokomis, Illinois.
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