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Corn production is becoming even more responsible and sustainable

Polk County, Iowa fenceline by cornfield. (Photo by Dustin Hoffmann)

“Sustainable” is currently the biggest buzzword out there. Everybody is looking for better and more environmentally responsible ways to do everything from fueling vehicles to producing our food. Any farmer knows that there will always be a better way to do just about anything. That is why we no longer farm with one-bottom plows.

Corn production is one area that seems to get a lot of scrutiny in the arena of the environment. So, farmers and groups like the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) are finding new ways to maintain the production we have while offsetting or decreasing any environmental impacts. This allows producers to find a balance.

Brandon Hunnicutt is an NCGA Board member. He talks about his NCGA Sustainability Report, which highlights how his operation is becoming more environmentally responsible.

Hunnicutt says their operation uses a “whole system approach” to corn production.

One of their practices was the establishment of a pollinator habitat. He says that this is an important step that all corn producers should take.

NCGA has also announced a new partnership with Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever.

To learn more about sustainability and establishing your own pollinator habitat, visit ncga.com/pollinators.

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