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Millet: The next big thing in sustainable agriculture
Missouri Ag Connection - 09/12/2023

Millet is a drought-resistant grain that is gaining attention as a climate-friendly crop that could help diversify the global food system.

Linus Rothermich, a farmer in central Missouri, has been growing Japanese millet since 1993. He says it's a low-maintenance crop that fits well into his rotation with corn and soybeans.

"I have recommended it to other farmers, but I don't want everyone to start growing it," he jokes. "If too many farmers grow it, the price will go down."

Millets are a family of grains that are native to Africa and Asia. They are known for their hardiness and versatility. Millets can be grown in a variety of climates and soils, and they are resistant to pests and diseases.

In addition to being drought-resistant, millets are also high in protein and fiber. They are a good source of vitamins and minerals, including iron, magnesium, and phosphorus.

Millets can be used to make a variety of foods, including flour, porridge, and snacks. They can also be used as animal feed.

The United Nations has declared 2023 the International Year of Millets. This is an effort to raise awareness of the potential of millets to help address food security and climate change.

There is still a lot of research that needs to be done on millets. However, the potential benefits of this crop are clear. Millets could be a valuable part of the global food system, and they could help to make our food supply more sustainable.

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