Technologies in agriculture are allowing farmers and ranchers to produce food in a sustainable manner.
Emily Buck and her husband farm nearly one-thousand-acres of corn and soybeans, and raise sheep near Columbus, Ohio. She also serves as one of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance’s Faces of Farming and Ranching, and has a passion for reaching out to consumers to tell the story of agriculture.
Emily says consumers accept technology to make phones, cars, and other items “smart”. She’s doing the same thing on her farm.
"We’re using smart farming, we’re using technology to make sure that we are doing the best for our land, the best for our crops," she says. "So, on our farm, the smart technology that we use, we use drones to go over the fields to make sure that the soil’s looking good, and we don’t have to drive a tractor or something over the field to see where there’s deficiencies in certain crops."
Smart farming also includes what you don’t do to the land.
"We’ve been a no-till farm for 20-years, so 100% on our farm. We’ve found that it’s made the soil so much better, it helps with erosion, and it helps with runoff," says Emily. "We don’t have the runoff issues quite as much as some others might have because we’ve got so much organic matter in the soil that it really takes any of the things that we put into it, and it holds it in there right in place where we need it."
Emily plans for her daughter to take over the farm someday. She wants to make sure that the air her girl is breathing and the water she’s drinking now is the best quality it can be.