Good Stewardship = Good Profits
Urban C. Lehner Editor Emeritus
Mon Jan 28, 2013 03:13 PM CST

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 ...

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