The good, the bad, the way to save the earth


Sam Schafer

Mr. Stratton and Mr. Inman are pasture roping some wild cattle.

Our world is slowly dissolving into nothingness because of climate change. We need to find a way to help before it is too late. Farmers are making headway because of conservation methods. Conservation is the act of stopping the wasteful use of a resource. Most conservationists who fight for the protection and preservation of the environment and wildlife know that if we don’t change how we do things we won’t have anything left.

As a big agricultural state, conservation is a big part of Missourians’ lives. With the Missouri department of conservation managing the state’s resources, farmers take a stand with managing their own land. Conservation is dealt with in many ways. Some people may do it by taking out bad trees on their property while others may burn off a field so new plants can grow.

“I believe conservation has its purpose in controlling and keeping track of our population as far as wildlife, you take deer management, were allowed to kill so many deer with a bow and allowed to kill so many with a gun. Therefore we still have deer to eat today. If everybody was out “game on” poaching we would be struggling to eat deer today if we did not have the conservation’s help,” said Tommy Inman, an agriculture teacher who teaches animal science and ag mechanics in the LTCC.

Conservation is something that many farmers preach as they teach their children about preserving the family farm for future generations. Some students that grew up on farms are continuing their education in agriculture in high school to better the production of their farms. Conservation comes into play in the future when they plant new crops or buy more land. That signifies they need to prepare how they will use the new land or how well the new crop will grow. Conservation is viewed differently on why we need conservation.

“To protect our lands, that way we can use it for future generations,” said Sam Schafer, junior, an officer of FFA (Future Farmers of America).

To help with conservation we need to find ways to educate younger generations so that they can help preserve land. Ways to teach them would include agriculture courses in high school and college. Another way is through the more experienced peers. Farmers that have children teach them about preserving the land so they can pass it on to future generations.

“I would say educate ourselves and make sure younger people are educated, we all know we have a part to play in it, that it gets passed down and doesn’t stop at one generation,” said Schafer.

On the other hand, there are multiple different reasons why we need to help with conservation.

“I think the conservation as I said serves a purpose the hiccup of the conservation is that they’re driven by money and, money is greed. Sometimes I think, they got too much control if that makes any sense. And if we were to help out anywhere that would be the situation.”

Conservation benefits us in many ways. Conservation controls how many animals we kill so we do not let the population get out of control or die off. Poaching is a big problem for conservation. Hunting is regulated by the conservation department.

”There should be no families who are working making ends meet and still going home hungry because of laws and regulations. Ain’t nobody going out to kill anything just for the sport of it. Not taking the full effect of killing the animal and putting the animal to the table. An example, poaching… That’s where conservation comes into hand. Now like I said conservation controls that and they control how much fish we gig and how much fish we catch. However, as law-abiding citizens, we can control that ourselves and should morally control that,” Inman said.