By Todd Neeley
DTN Staff Reporter
OMAHA (DTN) — Environmentalists and some other groups often accuse agriculture producers of being part of the problem when it comes to climate change. But farmers and ranchers testifying before the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee on Tuesday told senators they are trying to be part of the solution.
Weston, Nebraska, farmer Matt Rezac told the committee, although the industry isn’t perfect, farmers are doing what they can to sustainably produce crops.
“I get frustrated about the misconception of farmers blindly dumping chemicals all over their farms, because it’s just not the case,” he said. “Not only do we care deeply for the health of our farms, in this farm economy you can’t afford to be inefficient and waste inputs. I also know there is room for improvement. But farmers are often stubborn. Farmers tend to be followers, following what your dad did and often falling into the trap of, ‘Well, that’s how we’ve always done it.’”
Kansas rancher Debbie Lyons-Blythe said ranchers need to be credited for the work they do when it comes to climate-change mitigation.