Gabe Brown is co-founder of Understanding Agriculture, a regenerative agricultural consulting company. He, his wife Shelly, and son Paul, own and operate Brown's Ranch, a diversified 5,000-acre farm and ranch near Bismarck, North Dakota. Gabe and Brown's Ranch have received many forms of recognition for their work, including a Growing Green award from the Natural Resource Defense Council, an Environmental Stewardship Award from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, and a Zero-Till Producer of the Year Award. He has also been named one of the 25 most influential agricultural leaders in the United States and spends much of his time sharing with others the importance and power of healthy, functioning ecosystems through his work with the Soil Health Academy.
A series of natural disasters has left many fields throughout the Midwest unplanted this year. More than 3 million acres of corn were not planted. At the time I penned this, over 19 million soybean acres remained to be planted. Many of those acres will not get planted. While this is certainly unfortunate, it can also be an opportunity.
Addressing a gathering of the Dodge County Farmers for Healthy Soil & Healthy Water, Russell Hedrick of Hickory, N.C., shares a presentation on the impacts on water quality that can be realized by utilizing regenerative ag practices, such as growing cover crops, reducing soil disturbance, maintaining soil armor, and integrating livestock.
Finding solutions to the problems farmers face is what inspired Harry and Etta Yetter to open a small machine shop in west central Illinois in the 1930s. Today, four generations later, Yetter continues the tradition of solving agricultural problems to meet the needs of producers all over the world.
Needham Ag understands the role of technology in making better use of limited resources within a specific environment by drawing on a wealth of global experience to overcome the challenges facing today's farmers, manufacturers and dealers.