Summit Ag Management

Conservation and Stewardship

Our Four Pillars of Success and Principled Approach have guided our vision to be an industry leader in conservation and environmental stewardship. What started over 25 years ago, has evolved into Summit being involved in over 6,500 acres of diligent conservation efforts through its multiple endeavors. We are certainly proud of these efforts, but continue to look for ways to further the initiative.

We recognize that industry leadership and continuous improvement requires experienced and INNOVATIVE personnel to guide our principled approach to stewardship. Summit has a designated Environmental Operations team with a BOTTOM UP APPROACH to represent our organization:

  • Environmental Operations Manager
  • Environmental Operations Specialist
  • Operations Intern
  • Projects Intern
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This team has expanded Summit’s rich history of conservation practices that date back to the inception of the operation. Over 150 acres of filter strips were initially installed during the 1990’s to control runoff and protect our water resources. Today, every field we operate has these filter strips installed along our water resources and are just one of dozens of conservation practices that are utilized. These conservation practices are initiated in COLLABORATION with neighbors, farmers, USDA, as well as other agricultural stakeholders. A few of the programs include:

  • Conservation Reserve Program
  • Wetland Reserve Program
  • Upland Habitats
  • Pasture and Windbreak Reclamation
  • Environmental Quality Incentive Program

We place a strong emphasis on INTEGRITY by taking the right steps to create a LEGACY for generations to come. In addition, our proactive approach includes the following practices:

  • Over 1,000 acres are currently in a designated USDA program to protect environmentally sensitive areas
  • Thousands of trees are planted annually for shelter belt conservation
  • Over 30 acres of food plots are seeded each year for wildlife habitat
  • Fall cover crops are seeded annually to control soil erosion, improve soil productivity and provide forage for livestock
  • Equipment and Technology tools are operated to reduce soil residue disturbance
  • Split nutrient applications are used to maximize the crops use of them
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