"Unto the Past is born the Future." — An Unknown Anasazi (Ancient One)
Our Environmental Management Techniques
At Smotherman Farms, Ltd., we understand that it is our responsibility to use the resources God gave us wisely. Whether it is a row crop, meat protein, or bio-fuel, the farmer must be the best steward and guardian of Earth's fragile natural resources. It's the farmer who truly understands that resources can be used in a responsible manner that does not deplete but sustains. Through proper management, those resources can be restored to conditions better than before the agricultural use of the land began.
Unique or Innovative Techniques Utilized for Mortality or Nutrient Management
With ever-increasing regulatory requirements, it isn't enough to just comply with governmental regulations. It's become very important that our industry maintain records that clearly record our compliance with those regulations and provide a traceable disposal record of our bio-waste. In Texas, our first (and hopefully only) interaction with a governmental agency is the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB), regarding our Water Quality Management Plan/Nutrient Management Plan (WQMP) for each poultry operation. Each year, our WQMP for each location is audited to ensure we are compliant with the regulations set forth in our plans. Call today to learn more about Smotherman Farms, Ltd.'s techniques.
With my background in automated application systems, I developed and implemented an application to record and maintain bio-waste disposal and application records in support of our WQMPs. Records are entered for each production flock, reconciling the tonnage and type of poultry waste removed from each operation by identifying the on-farm source, waste type, and person or company that received the waste. Each record contains the date removed and the flock number that generated it, along with contact info on the individual or permitted company that assumed responsibility for the waste.
Additionally, when samples are submitted to a laboratory for analysis, the resulting reports may be embedded within the database and attached and linked to the sample record from where it was taken. This allows sample analysis reports to be retrieved quickly when required by TSSWCB during auditing. The system facilitates our annual auditing process and is compliant with regulatory requirements for keeping and maintaining waste records.
Education and Training
Ken is proud to have received training and certification as a Private Applicator by the Texas Department of Agriculture. As part of his continuing education, he also regularly attends seminars and training sessions offered by the Texas Department of Agriculture, Texas A&M Agri-Life Extension Service, and Hill and McLennan County Extension Services. Topics covered include erosion control, watershed protection, and pesticide and herbicide applications. On top of that, he has also completed online seminars with hours of research on wildlife management and conservation techniques. The conservation methods learned therein has allowed us to reduce the number of herbicides we use on our native grass.