Earth Day, April 22, is not widely associated with agriculture. In fact, many self-proclaimed environmental organizations may use the day to blame farmers and ranchers for environmental crimes and for ignoring basic conservation practices.
That’s unfortunate. No one in America is more aware of the symbiotic relationships of soil, water and air than farmers and ranchers. They depend on clean water. They understand that pollution threatens plant and animal health. They know that good soil is as valuable as gold. So they conserve, they protect, they improve the resources they inherited from their elders in hopes of passing along to their offspring resources that are even more capable of producing food and fiber and even more environmentally secure.
Applauding what agriculture does for the environment is as good a way as I can think of to recognize Earth Day. Here are a few images from Farm Press files that display some of the wonders of the earth, seen mostly from a farm perspective.