Field to Market, the Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, recently announced the introduction of a new agricultural supply chain program for U.S. Crops, better positioning the food and agriculture industry to produce crops despite natural limits of the environment.
Over recent years, Field to Market has been working to innovate a useful metrics and benchmarks platform for measuring, promoting and reporting on constant development in corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, rice, potatoes and other crops relating to seven sustainability indicators: land use, soil conservation, soil carbon, irrigated water use, water quality, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
Rod Snyder, president of Field to Market, said “The announcement signals a major commitment among members to address supply chain sustainability in a manner that is transparent, grounded in science, focused on outcomes and open to a full range of technology choices while considering productivity, environmental quality and human well-being.”
Approval of the program took place at the company’s recent biannual board meeting in Fayetteville, Arkansas. With support from members of the food and agriculture industry, including John Deere, the program will focus on measuring current sustainability outcomes, bringing persistent progressions in agriculture, and permitting supply chain sourcing claims.
Looking forward, the food and agriculture industry will be faced with a unique challenge to produce crops for billions of people with natural limitations of the earth. However, with full transparency and cooperative efforts of its many prominent members, the new supply chain sustainability program is making crucial steps in securing the future.