At BASF, our mission is to create chemistry for a sustainable future. That means we’re working to contribute to an enhanced and enduring quality of life for everyone. In agriculture, that means we’re creating chemistry for and with our customers.
Nurturing the land
For farmers, it all starts with the land. If the land isn’t cared for properly with the correct stewardship practices, farmers have no way to make a living. Over the years, manufacturers have begun stepping up and making products more helpful in protecting a farmer’s land.
“The different manufacturers have created technologies that are much more safe for the environment, much more safe for us as the handlers,” said Mark Mickelsen, a potato grower from Idaho.
Joe Sabbatini, a rice grower from Arkansas, said, “It all leads back to efficiency, the technology in the chemistries. It seems like now we put an ounce an acre of something — or a quarter of an ounce — instead of a gallon.”
Sustaining a legacy
If sustainability starts with protecting and ensuring the land’s future and health, it extends into ensuring a healthy future for each farmer’s operation. We partner with our farmers in ways beyond inputs to help ensure healthy, profitable results season after season.
Mike Behrhorst, a BASF Innovation Specialist, works with farmers to build agriculture business plans, but also helps farmers establish a legacy on their farms with sustainable agriculture.
“Farmers are always thinking: How do they stay profitable enough to continue to build a legacy?” Behrhorst said. “We focus on the herbicide and the fungicide, but we also look at every little thing that he’s doing to maximize each piece as we put that full plan together. Each and every year, you can see more profitability and much more sustainable agriculture.”
Stewarding the land and our precious resources while staying profitable and successful — together, this helps build an enduring foundation for a grower’s legacy.
Rusty Grills, a corn and soybean grower in Tennessee, is a ninth-generation farmer who hopes to pass his land off to the 10th generation. “This farm has been in our family since the 1830s. We’re going to keep it around for a lot longer,” said Grills.
With sustainable agriculture, farmers have the ability to protect their land, their legacy and even their profitability. There will always be farming, and there will always be farmers. Just as certainly, BASF will always be at their side. We create chemistry for a sustainable future.
To learn more about sustainability at BASF, please visit agproducts.basf.com.