Our Environmental Commitment
We work closely with local farmers, landowners, families and government agencies every day to ensure that Summit Agricultural Group is held to the highest environmental standards at all times. As part of this company-wide commitment to stewardship, we pledge to preserve and enhance the inherent, lasting value of our agricultural operations.
As Summit Agricultural Group continues to grow and evolve, our commitment to environmental responsibility across all facets of our operations, both domestically and internationally, is one of our highest priorities. We firmly believe that environmentally responsible investing and investor returns are not mutually exclusive. Responsible farming, land stewardship and environmental and wildlife conservation are powerful tools we use not just in managing the land, but also as a source of prosperity and pride for our investors and our communities.
Preserving Natural Habitat
While much of our land is used for crops and livestock, many acres have been set aside through our land and water conservation programs, including wetlands, timber ground, terraces, waterways and filter strips.
Promoting Animal Welfare
Summit Agricultural Group raises livestock under the highest standards of animal welfare. All Summit-owned and managed facilities provide humane living conditions, nutritious feed and fresh, potable water. Our approach means healthier animals, safer food and greater purchasing confidence for our buyers.
Protecting Water Quality
Protecting our groundwater and waterways is an investment in our land and environment both today and for the future. Summit Agricultural Group has installed and maintains more than 40 miles of grass filter strips and waterways. Our practices prevent erosion and halt runoff at our farm sites, resulting in greater retention of nutrients for our crops and cleaner water for our environment.
Every year, Summit plants more than 10,000 trees as a natural, cost-effective, and long-term solution that improves agricultural land and preserves our environment. The trees we plant serve to provide habitat for wildlife, prevent erosion, and improve air quality, protecting our crops and livestock and adding beauty to our community. At Summit Agricultural Group we also add automated dripline systems to windbreaks at our livestock facilities, to more quickly establish a strong, effective tree barrier for the facility and surrounding neighbors.
Summit Environmental Operations Team
Summit Agricultural Group has a designated Environmental Operations Team that has expanded Summit’s rich history of conservation practices. We initiated these practices in collaboration with neighbors, farmers, USDA and many other agricultural stakeholders. These programs include:
• Conservation Reserve Program
• Wetland Reserve Program
• Upland Habitats
• Pasture and Windbreak Reclamation
• Environmental Quality Incentive Program
We place a strong emphasis on creating a legacy for future generations. This proactive approach includes the following practices:
• More than 1,000 acres in a USDA program to protect environmentally sensitive areas
• In 2001, a 187-acre wetland was reestablished under the Wetland Reserve Program
• More than 30 acres of food plots seeded each year for wildlife habitat
• Annual fall cover crops improve soil productivity, control erosion and provide livestock forage
• The latest technology is implemented to reduce soil residue disturbance
• Split nutrient applications are used to maximize crops use