Reducing Our Environmental Impact

Derrick Sleezer is a pig farmer who also raises row crops and always focuses on caring for the environment.
Derrick Sleezer is a pig farmer who also raises row crops and always focuses on caring for the environment.

At our house and farm, reducing our environmental impact is an integral part of our entire farm.

Like many of my fellow real pig farmers, I also grow about 2,000 acres of row crops. The corn and soybeans are fertilized with manure from the pigs we raise. Those crops are then fed to the next group of pigs in our barns. Doing this not only completes a natural cycle that benefits not only our farm, but our planet.

We want to make sure that we are efficient in everything we do and that reduce our environmental impact. Manure is a great natural product that goes into the land, which helps rejuvenate the land and create viable growing structure for crops. Using manure as a natural fertilizing agent for our crops also helps reduce the use of commercial fertilizer, which is made from petroleum products.

It may sound funny, but the organic matter our pigs pass on through their waste is such an important tool. It brings a lot of life and a lot of micro-nutrients and a lot of microorganisms to the soil. It makes for a very healthy soil, a living and growing soil that will raise a good, healthy crop.

And all while doing more with less, satisfying both the businessman and environmentalist in me.