Protect The Harvest | Livestock and Manure – The Keys to Food Security

By Jaclyn Krymowski for Protect The Harvest American Grocery Shoppers and Farmers Are Impacted by High Costs American families are reeling at grocery store prices, and it doesn’t look to be letting up anytime soon. Farmers and ranchers are also being greatly impacted as their costs have increased dramatically. Meanwhile, American families, farmers, and ranchers are not seeing an increase in income to offset the high expenses. Using a diverse supply of fertilizers is important from an economic standpoint. Even before the war in Ukraine, fertilizer prices were predicted to be abnormally high due to supply chain disruptions. Food Security is Vital Food security is simply defined as “the state of having reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.” As the human population grows, increased demands are placed on food production. Even under the best circumstances, maintaining a reliable supply chain that provides affordable, abundant, and nutritious food relies on many industries and individuals working together. When one or more of these industries has a disruption, it affects the supply chain as a whole Advancements in livestock farming, including manure handling technologies, offer opportunities to meet these demands and lessen disruptions. Composting, methods of storage and spreading, and biogas digestion are making it possible to maximize the benefits of organic matter for long-