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Food, Agriculture Companies’ Environmental Management Efforts Are Increasing Production and Profits

Food, Agriculture Companies’ Environmental Management Efforts Are Increasing Production and Profits

Commodity crop production in the US continues to demonstrate improved environmental outcomes in energy use efficiency, irrigation water use efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions, land use efficiency and soil conservation, according to a Field to Market report.

Cargill, Monsanto, P&G to Develop Sustainability Metrics for Farmers

Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture along with its 75 members — including Cargill, Coca-Cola, Environmental Defense Fund and Monsanto — pledged to develop the next generation of farm-level sustainability metrics during a roundtable session at the White House. The metrics are designed to help growers measure and ultimately, reduce emissions, Field to … Read more »

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General Mills, P&G, Pepsi, Others Set Sustainable Agriculture Goals

Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture today announced goals that its member companies — including General Mills, Kellogg’s, Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Cargill — have committed to in an effort to advance sustainable agriculture in the US. Field to Market and its members pledge to … Read more »

Field to Market, TSC Form Sustainable Agriculture Partnership

Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture has partnered with The Sustainability Consortium in a move aimed at creating a common framework to measure and report the sustainability of US agriculture. In a memorandum of understanding, TSC and Field to Market have agreed to work toward greater harmonization of … Read more »

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Field to Market Launches Crop Supply Chain Sustainability Program

Field to Market today launched an agricultural supply chain program for US commodity crops. The sustainable agriculture alliance, whose members include Cargill, General Mills, Kellogg, Monsanto, Coca-Cola Company, World Wildlife Fund and Walmart, says the Field to Market metrics and benchmarks will measure sustainability improvement in corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, … Read more »

Fieldprint Calculator Updated

Field to Market updated its Fieldprint Calculator to include a metric to measure water quality. The new metric from the non-profit relies on a tool from the Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). The NRCS Water Quality Index for Agricultural runoff, or WQIag, enables farmers to input variables … Read more »

General Mills Pledges to Sustainably Source 10 Ingredients by 2020

General Mills has committed to sustainably source 100 percent of 10 ingredients by 2020. These ingredients — oats, wheat, corn, dairy, fiber packaging, cocoa, vanilla, palm oil, sugar cane and sugar beets — represent 50 percent of General Mills’ total raw material purchases, the company says. To achieve its goal … Read more »

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Cornell Opens Climate Change and Agriculture Center

Cornell University has started a center to help farmers adapt their operations to climate change. The Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture will serve as a clearinghouse for research, climate monitoring, decision-support tools and applications at the intersection of climate and agriculture, the Cornell Chronicle reports. One of the … Read more »

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Bayer CropScience Launches Sustainable Cotton Program

Bayer CropScience has launched a sustainable cotton program, e3, that the company says provides stringent guidelines for US farmers who grow its Certified FiberMax or Stoneville cotton. Bayer’s Certified FiberMax and Stoneville programs allow buyers to identify where their cotton was grown using a Bayer-maintained certification database. The company says … Read more »

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USDA Launches Agricultural Water Quality Tool

A new online tool developed by scientists at the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service can help farmers and ranchers understand the quality of water flowing off their fields. The Water Quality Index for Agricultural Runoff (WQIag) — inspired by the Dow Jones Index — gives producers a complete picture of … Read more »

Farming Carbon Calculator to Go Online

Unilever, PepsiCo, Marks & Spencer and other companies that make up the Cool Farm Institute have selected Best Foot Forward and Centre for Agriculture and Environment as software partners to build a free online carbon calculator for farmers and suppliers. The spreadsheet version of the Cool Farm Tool is currently … Read more »

Walmart Joins Kellogg, Monsanto in Field to Market Alliance

Walmart has joined sustainable agriculture group Field to Market, making it the largest member and first retailer in the alliance whose members include Cargill, General Mills, Kellogg, Monsanto, Coca-Cola Company and World Wildlife Fund, among others, Reuters reports. An initiative of the nonprofit Keystone Center, Field to Market’s members include … Read more »