Farming Air Pollution Control
I grew up in a very small town in Michigan, where farming was, and still is, a very large part of the community. My family was no exception. My father is a 4th generation farmer and the farm has been in our family for over 100 years. Farming is always a family affair, so the summers of my youth were spent shearing sheep (basically sheep haircuts, for those that don’t know), feeding the baby lambs, playing with the barn cats and spending all of my time outside.
Farmers understand that their animals and their land is their livelihood. They need to take care of the animals and environment so that they will take care of them in return. In today’s world, the issue of being environmentally friendly is a popular one. Although the very essence of what farmers do is to use and reuse every piece of the environment, there are still a lot of ways that farmers can reduce their negative impact and find ways to regulate their air pollution control. Some farmers in California have taken to this issue by replacing their diesel tractors with other farm equipment that is more environmentally friendly. They were able to do this through a program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Resources Conservation Services. Through this program, they have helped trade in 814 farm machines for cleaner, more efficient machines. Another way that farmers can help to reduce their impact on the environment is to recycle waste by fertilizing various fields instead of burning it, which releases toxins into the air.
Although these new practices are definitely a step in the right direction, there are still many ways to improve. For those of you who do not know many farmers, they are usually very strong willed and set in their ways (my dad being no exception), but perhaps knowing that a few simple changes in how they operate during their day could help shape the environment to be a more enjoyable and safer place will change their mind. I’ll forward my dad this article and let you know what he says.