For dairy farmers and many in ag, modern technology leads to greater yields, environmental benefits

On this week's Ag Report on Greening of the Great Lakes, Ken Nobis, president of the Michigan Milk Producers Association, talks about how modern agriculture and genetic modification have benefited dairy farmers and many others.

"Farmers of many crops have seen advantages from the use of GMO's during the past two decades, and dairy farmers benefit, too," says Nobis. "Thanks to GMO's, we're able to depend on a consistent source of feed for our cows that is raised in a more sustainable way. Unfortunately, there are lots of myths out there - but in reality, using advanced technology in agriculture has helped everyone from family farmers, to consumers."

Nobis says GM technology helps protect the environment while increasing production. For example, by using modern seeds and production technology, farmers are able to make fewer passes through fields. They also use fewer insecticides, pesticides and herbicides - and they are able to optimize those inputs that are needed.

"Ultimately that reduces the carbon footprint of American agriculture, and for families, that means lower prices at the grocery store and a more sustainably-raised product," Nobis says.

You can hear this week's report here.

The Ag Report on Greening of the Great Lakes is brought to you by the Agricultural Leaders of Michigan. It airs weekly on News/Talk 760 WJR and features voices from Michigan's growing agriculture sector.