Retail And Government Conservation Work In Parallel To Serve Farmers
As a boy, Gary Farrell remembers his grandfather carrying a small spade wherever he went around his cattle ranch, scooping up some soil and smelling it. Stewardship of the land has never left Farrell’s focus.
Today, he is president of Ag Enterprise Supply in Cheney, Wash., and he is using a different set of tools to help farmers remain profitable and sustainable.
Farrell has more than four decades of experience in the industry and is a past president of the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) as well as a current co-chair of the Washington State Soil Health Committee, and a committee member of the Soil Health Institute.
For the past four years, Farrell has been working to promote the benefits retailers bring in helping farmers adopt conservation practices, while also spotlighting how the retail industry can partner with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to take full advantage of the conservation programs they offer. His work resulted in a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the USDA-NRCS, ARA, CropLife America, The Fertilizer Institute and others.
“As a trusted resource, ag retailers are in a prime position to advise farmers on implementing conservation methods and tactics that improve nutrient stewardship, sustainability and profitability,” says Daren Coppock, president and CEO of ARA.