By Gene Hall
While celebrations and rallies will honor Earth Day, Texas farmers and ranchers will quietly take note and go about the business of growing food.
For those who work the land, Earth Day is really not that much different from any other day.
Farmers and ranchers work in partnership with the Earth, caring for the land, livestock and natural resources to cultivate our future.
But never have challenges been greater for agriculture. Millions of acres are lost each year to development. Weather extremes like drought or hurricanes can overtake farmers’ best efforts. There’s growing competition for water.
To meet these challenges, farmers and ranchers adapt and change. New technologies focus on productivity and efficiency, helping farmers and ranchers grow more food with less water, fertilizer and chemicals.
Earth Day isn’t just one day. It’s every day for farmers and ranchers.
Today, they tip their caps in a salute to the good earth and keep growing the food that sustains us all.