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What farmers are doing to become more efficient

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Some farmers spend their lives in the field working to get the best product out for the customer.

"I think we need to be proactive in sharing our side of the story and telling people that farmers really do care about the product we do raise," said Elson Schut.

To do this, Elson Schut says it's important to keep up with the changing times and be as efficient and as safe as possible.

"Not putting in more chemicals on that we need to or putting in more seed population than we need to," said Schut.

"Most of them that I know are very cautious about not over-fertilizing, not over-using pesticides or chemicals, they really want to protect the environment because they're going to pass it down to their next generation," said Grain Manager John Hansen.

For some farmers in Sioux Center, they say it's better for business if they use sustainable practices.

"If we're not doing it correctly and not taking care of our animals, we're not going to make any money either," said DeVries.

And, Brad DeVries says there are several methods farmers use to take better care of the animals.

"Products that we feed them, that aren't dangerous to people, but they'll help the animals grow better," said DeVries.

Housing animals in extreme weather is also a way they ensure good quality.

"Putting them inside buildings that are environmentally controlled, so they don't have to live outside in the wintertime, you know, or when it's really hot, they're cooler," said DeVries said.

All important, and efficient, factors in making sure there's enough food to feed the world.

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