I am a cattle producer from southwest Kansas and am an everyday environmentalist. The 40th anniversary of Earth Day is rapidly approaching and will soon be celebrated among grade schools through class activities and even in junior and senior high schools by discussion in science classes.

There are many ways that I, along with my fellow farmers and ranchers across the United States, contribute to sustainability. With the economy, everyone is following the trend of trying to do more with less and cattlemen are no exception.

Did you know that land available for grazing more than doubles the amount of land we are able to use for food production in the United States?

As a cattle producer, we pride ourselves in producing a wholesome, nutritious and safe product using the least amount of resources possible. We want to preserve the land to the best of our ability so it will be available and can be passed down to future generations.

From pasture to fork, beef is a nutritionally dense and pleasurable eating experience. Beef is an excellent source of zinc, iron and protein. Just one three-ounce serving of beef contains 10 nutrients essential for life.

These key nutrients help fuel your body so you have more energy, boost your immune system and help build strong muscles. There are 29 cuts of beef that meet the government's requirements for lean, including: T-bone steak, strip steak, filet mignon and top sirloin. Why not celebrate Earth Day with a steak dinner?

Let's support farmers and ranchers who give every day to take care of the land and produce the food we often take for granted; and also give thanks for the land we have been blessed with. Happy Earth Day.