As Washington, DC, heats up with confirmation hearings, farm bill discussions, and the start of spring, I wanted to share how things are going here in Minnesota.
It has been a relatively mild winter here at the farm, with pretty limited snowfall. I can see bare ground outside my office window. Corn and soy prices are still at historic lows, which compounded by a strong dollar, makes the ag outlook rather bleak. But as farmers, we know that nothing is forever. Like our Minnesota weather, this too shall pass!
Reflections on Sharing AGree’s Working Landscapes Recommendations with the Senate Agriculture Committee
Over a year ago, I sat down with my fellow producers, AGree Co-Chair Jim Moseley and Advisory Committee Member Fred Yoder, to develop a proposal to help answer a critical question for the future of food and agriculture: how could we align the long-term productivity and profitability of our operations with environmental outcomes- soil health, water quality and quantity, and wildlife habitat? We agreed our approach should be farmer- and rancher-led, watershed-based, and supported by a broad range of partners in the public and private sector.