Today is Earth Day, the day when presumably more people give thought to what they can do to improve the natural splendor and conserve the precious resources of our planet. Do farmers and ranchers celebrate Earth Day? For me and probably lots of others, it' s just another day. After all, our way of life demands that we take our stewardship responsibilities very seriously EVERY day, not just when the calendar says April 22.
Yes, farmers and ranchers are working hard to save the planet every day of the year. We are doing our part to sustain our planet's resources while producing the crops and livestock needed to achieve and sustain a healthy, happy human existence. A combination of new technology, old fashioned work ethic, and a strong sense of duty allow us to do so more effectively and efficiently year after year.
Do we all agree on the technologies and methods that are needed to best protect our planet while producing for its population? Nope...we all have our own opinions, viewpoints, and strongly-held convictions. We are all human, and none of us are perfect (that's why "Good Friday" happened). But our humanity compels each of us to do the best we can with what we have and strive to improve our operations at every opportunity. Why? Because we live here too, and clean air, clean water, fertile soil, and abundant resources are just as important to us and our families as they are to you and yours.
So as you marvel at the beautiful, complex, magnificent, fragile, unpredictable planet we call home, please remember the positive contributions farmers and ranchers are making to ensure that future generations will enjoy the same beauty and bounty we enjoy today!
I'll leave you with a video message I made on Earth Day 2010. It may be a year old, but the message is still (and always will be) the same...WE CARE!