The word “sustainability” is commonly used a catch phrase, but it means much more, according to Ryan Kirby, a farmer from Belcher, La.
“Agriculture has to feed the world in a way that doesn’t sacrifice the long-term viability of anything it affects.”
To promote sustainability on his farm, Kirby says he’s implemented a full-scale precision ag program to reduce extra fertilizer application an preserve the soil.
Kirby’s views and practices of sustainability on his farm were the reason he was named the winner of the 2011 Tomorrow’s Top Producer Sustainability Award, presented by Top Producer and sponsored by Bayer CropScience, at the Tomorrow’s Top Producer meeting on Jan. 25 in Chicago.
By winning the award, he was received a scholarship to Farm Journal’s Corn College.
Kirby visits with AgDay’s Clinton Griffiths about winning the award and current crop conditions in northern Louisiana.
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Soybean College: Aug. 1 to 2., Coldwater, Mich.
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