Fred Greer

Located 45 miles southeast of Atlanta, Ga., my family's farm occupies 1,255 acres in Georgia’s Newton, Oglethorpe and Wilkes counties. I’m a sixth-generation farmer and my knowledge of conservation practices and love for the land was influenced by my father, who grew cotton on the farm in the 1940s.

My family’s operation consists of 90 Brangus spring and fall calving cows. We keep low stocking rates to limit erosion and use rotational grazing to ensure our cattle have continuous access to high-quality grass. We abide by a “more grass than cattle” rule, and combine pasture seeding, fertilizer application and pest control measures to manage the land in an environmentally beneficial manner. In addition, we routinely test the soil and closely monitor water quality on and around our farm.

We work closely with several partnering agencies and organizations to achieve our land conservation goals. We hope to guarantee habitats for a wide variety of wildlife including deer, bobcats and wild turkeys.

Caring for the land was part of my blood and heritage and love from an early age. Our living came from the soil, water and forest. The better we cared for it; the better it cared for us. People think cattlemen are abusers of the land, but cattlemen are the first stewards of the land. We do it because it is the right thing to do.

The Greer family was recognized in conjunction with the Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) in 2006.


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