Last week on the program the panel of Mannie Barling, Ashley F. Brooks and Simon Barrett had the great pleasure to welcome two guests to the table. Dr. Francis Thicke and Jim Rubis. Both hail from Iowa, both are farmers, and both have a great concern about the sustainability of farming practices in our modern world.

Dr. Thicke runs a dairy operation of 80 cows, and Jim Rubis a 250 acre crop growing operation. At first glance these seem very different approaches to what we loosely term as farming. One involves animals while the other involves crops.

Actually, there is no real difference, both of these gentlemen have the same goal, to use natural resources in a sustainable way.

I have to admit that this was one of the more upbeat programs that we have aired on Surviving The 21st Century. Generally we talk about all that is bad in our modern world, but for once we were able to focus on the good.

Sustainable farming is not only possible, but preferable. By using crop rotation and good animal husbandry practices, not only do you produce a higher quality product, but one that can indeed feed the entire country.

If you missed our live broadcast, you can listen to the recording here.

Simon Barrett

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