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Environmentally friendly storage solutions

Air pollution and the creation of more waste is impacting the health of our planet, and it is up to everyone to do their part to combat the deterioration of the environment.

People, communities and even businesses everywhere are looking for the very best solutions to become more eco-friendly, according to Conserve Energy Future.

For farmers, ranchers and foresters who want to ensure they are better stewards of the land, there are a plethora of techniques, tips and ideas to better ensure an eco-friendly practice. In addition, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is supporting producers who take steps to improve the environment.

The Farm Bill

An initiative enacted by the USDA provides agriculture professionals with both technical assistance and incentives to become more green. Because climate change has such a profound impact on today’s farmers, foresters and ranchers, it is of utmost importance for these individuals to ensure responsible, safe and sustainable farming practices.

Not only does the Agriculture Act of 2014 work toward conservation of natural resources, but its implementation intends to increase jobs, encourage more research,  and focus on nutrition and health.

With the USDA’s support, farmers are supported as they make decisions to decrease pollution, erosion, greenhouse gas emission and other detrimental factors that impact the integrity of the environment.

Taking the appropriate steps 

According to Yara International, it is important for farmers take steps to decrease their environmental impact without cutting into production and affecting the necessary food and resources the population needs.

Composting is one way The Erikssons, Swedish farmers who run Wiggeby Farm, work toward a more eco-friendly operation.

“We compost the manure along with greenhouse material,” said HÃ¥kan Eriksson, according to Yara International. “We spread it on our fields, and cover 50% of our phosphorous needs.”

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, composting is a simple process that can cut down on the amount of waste individuals produce. By recycling organic material, individuals can eliminate 20 to 30 percent of the waste they produce and throw away.

In addition, compost piles can be used by farmers, ranchers or foresters to feed the development of their crops, pastures or timber. Compost can be used to retain moisture, enrich soil and reduce methane emissions from landfills. In addition it can reduce the need for chemical fertilizers and lower an individual’s carbon footprint.

Use the appropriate organic material for a compost pile.Use the appropriate organic material for a compost pile.

How to compost successfully

To successfully create a compost pile, individuals need to find a location that is dry and shady. Winkler Structures make an especially great home for a compost pile. Their fabric buildings can quickly be erected in as little as 3 to 5 days. In addition, they are durable against extreme weather conditions. Despite even the harshest elements, individuals can feel confident that their compost pile is protected against the outdoors. The material used for a structure allows natural light to break down compost while simultaneously protecting it from the elements.

A Winkler Structure can easily be deconstructed, stored and moved to a different location if necessary.

Individuals can compost a number of different materials. You’ll need three basic fundamental ingredients to support proper compost: browns, greens and water. Dead leaves and twigs serve as brown materials, and vegetable waste, scraps and coffee grounds are considered greens. Browns provide carbon, and greens serve as a source for nitrogen.

When composting it is important for there to be an equal amount of browns and greens. Individuals should alternate layers of these materials. Water will help break down the organic matter so it can be used to improve soil.

“Water will help break down the organic matter.”

A healthy and diverse mix of fruits, vegetables, bark, leaves, fireplace ashes, branches, lint, grass clippings, cardboard and other organic materials are especially good for composting. However, there are also certain items that are not good for composting. For example, meat or fish bones might attract pests and create a strong, potent odor. Any yard trimmings or plants that have been treated with chemical pesticides may also kill composting organisms.

Black walnut tree leaves and twigs often release substances that can be harmful to other plants, so do not include these materials in a compost pile.

According to Cornell Waste Management Institute, composting large quantities of organic material requires equipment, such as grinding buckets and forks. However, space can be an issue. With a large canvas structure, individuals can store and operate their equipment much easier. Winkler Structures offers the perfect solution for storing compost as the fabrications contain compost and provide enough space for composting equipment as well, and these beneficial structures remain an affordable option.

Farmers, ranchers and foresters can easily decrease their carbon footprints and improve their land by successfully composting waste, and it is easy to do with Winkler Structures.

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