NAME: Howard G. Buffett (No-till farmer, president of the HBG Foundation, author and photojournalist)
LOCATION: Decatur, Ill.
YEARS NO-TILLING: 19
ACRES NO-TILLED: 1,400 (1,240 crop acres)
CROPS NO-TILLED: Corn, soybeans
Occasionally I’m asked how I manage to farm 1,400 acres and also travel up to 180,000 miles a year visiting impoverished countries for the HGB Foundation.
The short answer: I choose to do it, because circumstances have provided me the opportunity to address severe hunger in places like Africa and Latin America.
At the same time, I love farming. But without the precision ag technology available today — and the time and labor savings I get with no-till — it would be a lot more difficult to do both.
I was a farmer before the HGB Foundation was established in 1999. Following college, I operated a 400-acre eastern Nebraska farm owned by my father. Later, I served on the board of commissioners for Douglas County, Neb., — my home county — and then worked in management for ADM and the GSI Group. In 1992, I bought 740 acres in central Illinois after accepting a job at ADM.
I first started exploring the power of photography while shooting pictures of crops and wildlife on our Nebraska farm and on trips to foreign countries I took as a young man. Over time, and through a lot of trial and error, I advanced my skills and eventually recorded wildlife images around the world. Today, I use photography primarily to demonstrate…