Published on 04/18/2019

Why We’re Excited to Hear Your #MyStewardshipStory

At Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN, we know that sustainable agriculture is something to celebrate. After all, careful stewardship is what keeps farmers on their land year after year and in business generation after generation.

As a farmer-owned co-op, we love sharing stories of how farmers are growing food and protecting the environment today, all the while safeguarding natural resources for generations to come.

Click Here to Submit Your Story in Stewardship
This is why we are excited to launch a new digital and social media storytelling project to celebrate those stories and tell them publicly: #MyStewardshipStory. 

To kick things off officially, we wanted to share our own #MyStewardshipStory: At Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN, we are working with farmers and ag retailers to harness technology and innovative thinking to drive on-farm profitability and protect our natural resources.

For Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN Partners in Excellence Advocacy Award winner Ray McCormick of Vincennes, Indiana, his #MyStewardshipStory includes a lifelong legacy of stewardship and an innovative approach to on-farm conservation.

Sustainable “before it was cool,” Ray has restored 130 acres of wetlands, and flooded several hundred more to attract migratory birds to his land. He also uses no-till and plants cover crops on his farm to reduce erosion and build soil health. He has even invented his own approach to seeding cover crops.
And for Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN Partners in Excellence Outstanding Sustainability award honorable mention Brad and Cathy Reece of Chariton, Iowa, their #MyStewardshipStory includes being no-till on their farm since 1985. As Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN members, they have deployed technology and practices that have allowed them to reduce nitrogen rates almost 30% while maintaining yield. Brad and Cathy provided some of the baseline data for Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN’s Truterra™ Insights Engine.

To get #MyStewardshipStory off the ground, we need your help! No one knows your farm better than you. We want to hear what made you decide to plant cover crops or motivated you to get involved in a conservation project for the local watershed; how has yield improved since you went no-till; and what innovative practices you’re using to improve and protect your farm’s soil health, for instance.

Over the next few months, we will collect stewardship stories from farmers, through our network of ag retailers, online through this form, and on Twitter, where we invite you to share your own story using the hashtag #MyStewardshipStory. Every story is different. And we can’t wait to hear yours!

To submit your story online, please fill out this form.