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On this week’s Ag Report on Greening of the Great Lakes, Gail Frahm, executive director of the Michigan Soybean Association and the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee ~ The Soybean Checkoff, discusses a survey of Michigan’s soybean farm families that highlights their commitment to community.
“Soybean farmers strive to be thoughtful neighbors, because with about 1% of the nation actively farming, most people aren’t directly involved in agriculture, and it’s critical to build bridges,” says Frahm. “Social sustainability – being actively involved in the future of our communities, and working together with our neighbors – is especially important for today’s farmers.”
Frahm says that according to research conducted by the MSPC, more than 33% of soybean farmers are active in their local community, and 65% percent of those farmers are involved in their community at least once a month.
“Michigan soybean farmers are helping neighbors, coaching Little League, volunteering at churches and schools, and beyond,” she says. “They take pride in their communities.”
In addition, more than 75% of the Michigan farmers surveyed base their crop management decisions – such as when they apply chemicals and pesticides – on the timing of social gatherings their neighbors are having.
Frahm says farmers are also careful on the roads, especially during planting and harvest time, and educate the local communities about how to be safe around large farming equipment.
The Ag Report on Greening of the Great Lakes is brought to you by the Agricultural Leaders of Michigan. It airs weekly on News/Talk 760 WJR and features voices from Michigan’s growing agriculture sector.