A Discussion about how Millets can help with Water Conservation with John Manuel of Dryland Genetics
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John Manuel has been working in the commodity grain market for decades and sits to talk with Joni about the over status of the industry.

How does grain transportation and inflation in general impact food costs and food purchase patterns.

The benefits of proso-millet crops on water usage and natural resources.

“The best thing you can do for water conservation is foods that use less of it to grow.”

How the industry is working on improving crop yield to benefit the farmer so it makes the growing of millet a profitable venture for farmers.

For animal feed crops, an egg from a millet fed chicken will require about 12 to 18 gallons less water than a corn fed chicken. Put another way, if chicken farms switched to millet feed, they could decrease water usage equivalent to 2% of the Missouri River fresh water source every year.

Talked about the hardiness of the millet crop when it comes to environmental extremes.

The largest impact will come from consumers when they communicate desires with the grocery stores they shop.  Make personal choices about what you eat and those actions will speak volumes.

To learn more about John and Dryland Genetics, please visit https://www.drylandgenetics.com.

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