CHESTERFIELD, Mo., April 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumer questions about environmentally friendly practices in agriculture have served as great conversation starters on the Facebook page and website of the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), a unique organization that is a collaboration of nearly 80 farmer- and rancher-led organizations and agricultural partners.
Between fooddialogues.com and the USFRA Facebook page, consumers have been able to ask questions to farmers and ranchers about their "green" practices, allowing farmers and ranchers to respond with real life examples of what they are doing.
Some of the questions that are being posed to and answered by farmers on fooddialogues.com include:
"Fooddialogues.com and USFRA's Facebook page allow consumers to ask questions of farmers and ranchers about their efforts around being more environmentally friendly," said Bob Stallman, chairman of USFRA and president of the American Farm Bureau Federation. "And many of the farmers and ranchers are thrilled to be sharing their stories about continuous improvement. Their reliance on the soil, water, air and animals makes being green an important focus not just around Earth Day, but year-round."
For example, on USFRA's Facebook page, there are many stories of farmer and rancher efforts to be more environmentally responsible through continuous improvement initiatives.
A California farmer who grows artichokes, cherries, dry beans, tomatoes and grapes, recently posted on the USFRA Facebook page about his efforts to be greener:
"We take great interest in our soil. This is our factory floor. It is limited and you cannot make more. We wait until the ground has dried in the spring to start working our fields. If you start too soon you will compact the soil making it ...hard for the roots of the crop to penetrate. We rotate crops to different fields every year. Crop residue is plowed under every year to help build up organic matter in the soil. Timely applications of water when required by the growing crop ensure a bountiful harvest."
Other farmers and ranchers of various types and from different parts of the country are also sharing their stories. Some of those comments include:
About U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance(SM)
U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), established in 2010 and headquartered in Chesterfield, Mo., currently represents nearly 80 top farmer- and rancher-led organizations and agricultural partners. The Alliance includes prominent agricultural groups at the national, regional and state levels that have collaborated to lead the dialogue about their commitment to continuous improvement and best production practices. For more information on the Alliance, affiliates and partners and the movement to lead the conversation with Americans about today's agriculture, visit www.fooddialogues.com, www.facebook.com/usfarmersandranchers and www.twitter.com/USFRA.
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SOURCE U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA)