Earth Day is Sunday, April 22, and is a day to think about the planet that we call home. This Sunday, take a moment to thank a Gallatin Valley farmer who is committed to protecting and sustaining our environment, not just today but for future generations, too.

A farmer's very livelihood depends on good stewardship of the earth. Here's 3 Reasons You Should Thank a Farmer on Earth Day:

3)  Farms today produce more food with fewer resources than anytime in our history. While resources available to farmers continues to decline, farm productivity continues to rise.

2) With fewer resources (see above), farmers are also producing more milk from dairy cows. Over the past 30 years, the amount of food to feed a cow so that it can produce 100 pounds of milk has decreased by more than 40 percent on average

1) Farmers practice good conservation. Today, on average, farmers us advanced conservation practices on more than 50 percent of cropland acres.

Want to treat the earth well. Watch a Gallatin Valley farmer.