Land and Nutrient Management
We have an unwavering commitment to environmental stewardship, and our land and nutrient management practices are representative of that commitment. Through regular inspections, we ensure our procedures meet or exceed federal, state, and local environmental laws and regulations.
Nutrient-rich fertilizer is the end result of the effluent collected at our farm sites. This resource is land applied by specially trained, certified land and nutrient management technicians at agronomic rates and in compliance with state regulated, site-specific nutrient management plans. Best management practices like erosion and sediment control as well as buffer strips and field borders help reduce the movement of soil and nutrients during land application. As part of our environmental sustainability program, all effluent is recycled and used as fertilizer either on pastures used for hay production and grazing cattle or on corn fields and cropland.
Our land and nutrient management personnel manage our commercial cattle herd which consists of Angus and Simmental cattle. All cattle technicians are Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certified and implement our feeding and controlled grazing protocols. Our calves are age and source verified before they are sold.
In addition to recycling effluent into a nutrient-rich fertilizer, we create wildlife habitat on our farms by not only planting wildlife food plots but allowing natural vegetation to grow along edges of fields. These areas provide food and cover for local wildlife such as Bobwhite Quail, rabbits, and songbirds as well as help reduce soil erosion and enhance water quality. On some of our larger complexes, we participate in the NC Wildlife Resource Commissions C.U.R.E Program.