Jim Whitaker

Farmer, sustainability advocate
As a farmer, Jim Whitaker’s passion for conservation and sustainability go hand in hand for his love of the land.

Why you should listen

Jim Whitaker is a fifth-generation farmer, born and raised in McGehee, Arkansas. He, his brother and their families own and operate Trinity Farms and Whitaker Grain, where the Whitakers have been farming the same piece of land since 1890. As early adopters of new technology and practices, Whitaker and his brother have become leaders in the sustainable farming community over the last 30 years. Their innovative methods have increased yields while drastically reducing water and nitrogen use.

Whitaker is a member of the Arkansas Rice Farmers Board, Arkansas Rice Research and Promotion Board, USA Rice Farmers Conservation Committee, USA Rice Sustainability Committee, USA Rice Domestic Promotion Committee, USA Rice Foundation and USA Rice Farmers Board of Directors. He and his brother have won multiple awards for their progress in sustainable farming.

Jim Whitaker’s TED talk

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Live from TED Countdown Summit 2023

Magnitude: Notes from Session 4 of TED Countdown Summit 2023

July 13, 2023

To rise to the challenge of climate change, we need big, bold, gigaton-scale solutions. Session 4 of TED Countdown Summit 2023 focused on the clean technologies that need to scale fast — and made space for ideas on radical climate leadership, the use of art for environmental activism and the push for climate-friendly alternatives to […]

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