Howard G. Buffett, Ag. Advocate

Howard G. Buffett found his way into farming through an unlikely route.  As a 5 year old boy, he loved playing in the dirt, and he planted his first stand of corn in his backyard in Omaha, Nebraska.

Farming was an unlikely career path for Howard G., the oldest son of billionaire Warren Buffett.  Today, he farms 1,500 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat in Illinois, and he oversees research farms in the U.S. and Africa.

In 1999, he launched the Howard G. Buffett Foundation to improve global standards and to relieve hunger.  He applies no-till and other conservation farming practices, and he uses his bully pulpit to urge U.S. farmers to achieve the dual goals of productivity and sustainability.

Buffett believes that the biggest challenge to food security in the U.S. is one of access, even more than affordability.  There are food deserts in our country, places where SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) foods are not available to consumers.  U.S. farmers need to be able to produce food, and move food, so that it is available all over the country, and sold in venues like local farmers’ markets.

Howard G. Buffett’s dream is that “We lead the world in no-till and other conservation-based practices that maintain our highly productive farming system with the least amount of environmental footprint possible.  The only way we can succeed in meeting the future food demands of the world is to create an urgency and a desire to be the best we can be.  If U.S. farmers are not successful, it’s impossible for the world to be successful.”

Success Farming, October, 2013

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