The bosses have made it back from Vegas safe and sound with the National Potato Council’s 2010 Environmental Stewardship Award in tow. With the award comes a video put together by the National Potato Council highlighting the two winners – Walker Brothers (that’s us, of course!) and Mercer Canyons Farms up in Prosser, Washington.
After a brief intro to what the Environmental Stewardship Award is about, the video highlights Mercer Canyons and then Walker Brothers (if you want to see us, skip ahead to the 3:45 mark). In each segment about each farm, you get to see interviews about the techniques used, what that impact is to the soil, water and wildlife near those farms, and what it means to the growers who implement them. We highly recommend watching the video to get a feel for what real farmers and farms are doing to make the world a better place.
Towards the end of the video, Bill makes a statement about the importance of the ag community speaking out about its role in protecting the environment and finishing with, “We’re all stewards of land or we’re not in business anymore.” That line really cuts to the heart of farming that is often overshadowed by politician and media focusing on a specific, negative point of view of American agriculture. Unless you live in a rural area or work with farmers and ranchers, the popular view of agriculture often focuses on the large equipment, fertilizer and pesticides used to feed the US and other nations. However, if you spend any time with farmers you learn the health of the local environment is key to any successful operation and these folks enjoy living in areas not spoiled by urban sprawl. From the raptors and water fowl in the sky to the deer and antelope bounding through the fields, the Klamath Basin is a wonderful place to live if you like wildlife. And we’re proud to do our part to keep it this way.
We would like to give a heartfelt thank you to the National Potato Council for this honor, as well as thank the sponsors at the end of the video. We would also like to congratulate Mercer Canyons, Inc. for winning this award as well. Keep up the good work in Washington!
And finally, we would like to thank Susan McCosky and her team at McCosky Film and Video, Inc. for putting together this video. The Producer/Editor for the video was Susan McCosky, Stewart Truelsen was the Producer/Writer and Tom McCosky gets credit for Director of Photography. Well done!