Niemeyer Family Farms of Bowling Green was recently awarded Environmental Certification by Validus Ventures, LLC for their commitment to environmental cropland stewardship.
The award, presented in St. Louis in July, recognizes a farmer’s commitment to caring for the land and implementing exceptional conservation practices while producing crops.
“In today’s world it is simply not enough to say you are taking care of the land you farm and that you believe in good environmental production practices,” said Earl Dotson, Validus CEO. “Consumers want proof. The annual certification program proves their commitment to protect the environment,” he continued.
The Environmental Certification program focuses on five key areas: water quality, soil quality, plants, wildlife and energy use. “This program is very proactive and detailed,” said Dotson. “We audit everything from record keeping and documentation to on-site observations and review.”
The audit involves maintaining or improving soil productivity and water quality, improving wildlife habitats, controlling noxious weeds, reducing energy inputs, restricting access to fuel, pesticides and fertilizer storage, improving energy conservation and improving security of stored grain.
“We chose to participate in an objective, third-party certification program to confirm we are implementing production practices that protect the environment and preserve the land,” stated Tim Niemeyer, Niemeyer Family Farms. “One of our family’s goals is to leave a legacy for future generations, and this certification demonstrates our commitment to that legacy,” he said.