The agribusiness industry has been profitable for years, contributing to the country’s economy and providing employment to thousands of people. However, some agricultural practices have proven harmful to the environment, leading to issues, such as pesticide pollution, climate change, soil fertility loss and deforestation.
So, can you run an agricultural business and still comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulations?
Here is what you need to know.
You can use biological control for pests
With the advancement of technology and research, agricultural entrepreneurs are learning of alternative pest control options, with the most popular one being biological control. Biopesticides are naturally occurring substances, including microorganisms, animals and plant-incorporated protectants, that substitute pesticides. This means that farmers don’t need to heavily depend on harmful active ingredients.
Control your use of fertilizers
The use of synthetic fertilizers is harmful, particularly when they are washed into water bodies. Luckily, you can employ some solutions, including:
- Using natural fertilizers, such as compost manure, plant-based ones like alfalfa pellets and cottonseed meal, fish emulsions and bone meal
- Applying the right amount of fertilizer, with the proper method to ensure nutrients are absorbed
- Planting trees, grasses or shrubs at the edge of the field to prevent nutrients from being lost outside
- Improving the drainage system to prevent nutrients from flowing into a water body
- Planting cover crops so the ground is not bare at any period, preventing soil erosion
Organic farming is gaining popularity as years go by due to its benefits. You should consider it for your business.
The agricultural field consists of many business types, including farming. The tips discussed above can help you manage a successful agribusiness without harming the environment. It will also help to get legal guidance to understand your responsibilities in depth.