NEWS
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 ...

Quick View
  • Dr. Dan Talks Agronomy Can you trim inputs while growing soybeans in 2015? Here's a look at what you can and can't cut.
  • Fescue Workaround Fescue can be a challenge, but Butch Foster said he and his dad, Bob, put 200 to 250 pounds on ca...
  • Ask the Taxman by Andy Biebl Readers pose tax questions on how to justify repairs, handle capital gains on a residence and com...
  • Senior Partners - 1 Think how rural communities could rejuvenate if farmland rents stayed local rather than flowing t...
  • Sample With Precision Dan Davidson looks at how to measure the horsepower of your soil with the Solvita soil respiratio...
  • USDA Defines Actively Engaged Under the 2014 farm bill, family operations are exempted from proposed changes in actively engage...
  • New Paths Max payments forecast in areas of hardest-hit 2014 corn yields.
  • She's Got It All Alicia Mielke is a farm girl originally from Harrington, Wash., who continues to lend a hand to h...
  • Ask the Vet Would a bull with an undescended testicle or one that was a hard pull at birth be worthy of breed...
Related News Stories
Minding Ag's Business
Minding Ag's Business
Senior Partners - 1
Ag Interest Rate Snapshot
Louis Dreyfus Remains Private
Louis Dreyfus Remains Private
Sage Grouse Protection Deal Signed
Minding Ag's Business
Non-GM Label Bill Introduced
USDA Defines Actively Engaged