Promoting Land Sustainability and Stewardship
As a local business and employer, R.D. Offutt Farms is committed to responsible and sustainable growing practices. These practices help reduce the need for inputs such as nutrients and pesticides, while optimizing our yield. We care about the health of our local communities; after all, we live, work, and play here, too.
Investing in soil health
Healthy soil means healthy plants and healthy plants mean a strong food supply and a healthy planet.
Learn how we invest in soil health
Limiting water usage
Irrigated agriculture is essential in meeting the country's food production needs.
Learn how we manage water usage
Addressing climate change
As Minnesota’s climate is continuously changing, farmers must continuously adapt every growing season.
Learn about our climate change efforts
Putting pollinators to work
Pollinators support biodiversity and pollinator populations are a good indicator of overall ecosystem health. R.D. Offutt Farms has planted pollinator habitat on more than 600 acres in the Midwest, with plans to add 200 acres every year.
Maintaining compliance and accountability
Our operations have continually scored above the industry average in assessments and have been recognized for our sustainable practices. Our commitment extends to also continually investigate and initiate new sustainable practices. This includes our participation in the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Integrated Pest Management” program (IPM) and the United States Department of Agriculture’s “Good Agricultural Practice” program (GAP).
- The IPM program is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on current and comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage with the least possible hazard to people, property and the environment. We hope to continue to incorporate IPM practices with modern equipment and application methods to minimize the potential for drift or exposure to any nutrients, irrigation or crop protection.
- The GAP program includes specific farming methods that create food for consumers or further processing that is considered safe and wholesome. Many of our sustainable farming practices have been confirmed by independent third-party audits that have been conducted on our farms.
In the 2020 Potato Sustainability Alliance annual Sustainability Survey, our farms collectively implemented 87 percent of the recommended “expert” sustainability practices.