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Farmers Celebrate Earth Day Every Day

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BOZEMAN - People all over the world came together Tuesday, which was Earth Day, to pay tribute and help the planet in a variety of ways.

Montana Farm Bureau's John Youngberg said farmers and ranchers don’t wait for April 22 to help protect the earth.

They are out keeping the earth clean 365 days a year.

 “Farmers and ranchers are out doing this stuff every day,” said Youngberg. “We take pretty good care of the house we live in and that's the earth.”

He said farmers take better care of the land today than they did 50 years ago.

“Pollution is down significantly through different practices, different technologies, conservation tillage,” said Youngberg.

Conservation tillage means farmers don't till their land as much as they did back in the day, keeping plant residues in the soil.

Spencer Smith leases some of his farmland west of Belgrade to younger farmers.

He said they are doing a great job using conservation tillage in the fields.

 “Young people have been just a fantastic job with caring their soil,” said Smith. “They keep the blowing down, the erosion is less.”

Like many other professions, Youngberg said technology and computers help farmers protect the earth while maximizing their crops.

"Using GPS to tell you where you've sprayed, where you haven't sprayed so you don't over spray fertilizer or pesticide,” said Youngberg. “We've been researching that, investing in that for a lot of years."

Youngberg said some farmers and ranchers are able to use natural fertilizes, such as manure and nitrogen rich crops, instead of using chemical fertilizers in their fields.

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