Expand or die. For decades that's been commercial agriculture's creed. Buy more land. Buy bigger equipment. Increase yields. Grow.
Jim Andrew practices a different creed: Forget expansion, focus on profit -- and doing well by the environment. Squeeze costs, including equipment costs. Labor mightily to stop soil erosion and runoff.
Call it the thrifty Scotsman approach to farming -- or the conservationist approach. To this 63-year-old great-grandson of Scottish immigrants, the two approaches complement each other as naturally as vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup.
"I like to think that we are doing everything I conceivably could do within reason ...