This will be an interesting April 22 for my husband and me. We will spend Earth Day 2011 away from the land that we love and work on every day. We will be in a foreign country--New York City!
Although I'm excited to meet New Yorkers and tell them about how I raise cattle to provide the Certified Angus Beef they are enjoying in the James Beard Foundation pop-up restaurant, I'll miss the beautiful green prairie of the Flint Hills of Kansas.
Every day ranchers like us are working to improve the land. For generations farmers and ranchers have passed down their love of the land and their responsibility to protect it. I look forward to sharing photographs of the prairie and our cattle.
Compared to 30 years ago, it takes less land, less water, and less energy to produce a pound of beef. At the same time we have increased the total amount of beef produced with fewer cows. More beef cuts have been certified lean by the USDA and advances have been made in not only production but processing and managing cattle.
Every day I work to make the land better than it was when I began ranching, not only because it keeps me in business, but because it is the right thing to do.