Soil Health Institute Endorses 19 Soil Health Measurements

cindy zimmerman Leave a Comment

After three years of industry collaboration, the Soil Health Institute (SHI) has endorsed 19 national soil health measurements that will help answer the question “Just how healthy (or unhealthy) are the nation’s soils?” “We can’t really know the answer to that question until we have a set of common soil health measurements that scientists and farmers can compare and track …

The GROWMARK Endure Initiative Grows

chuck zimmerman

The GROWMARK Endure sustainability initiative is enduring. For the second year GROWMARK has announced winners of the Endure 4R Advocate award. They are: Adam Dexter – West Central FS – Williamsfield, Illinois Don Jones – GROWMARK FS – New York/Pennsylvania Jay Matthews – AgVantage FS – Charles City, Iowa John Musser – Stephenson Service Company – Stockton, Illinois Nicole Weber …

USFRA Promotes Agricultural Sustainability at Conference

cindy zimmerman

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance® (USFRA®) is at the Sustainable Brands Conference in Detroit this week to showcase the sustainability of farmers and ranchers and unveil the first-ever Agriculture in America Sustainability Report. The sustainability report builds on key insights from USFRA’s annual research that aims to identify and gain a clearer understanding of consumers’ perception of sustainability in …

John Deere Knows SMART Farming

Kelly Marshall

We are already up to episode number seven in our SMART Farmer podcast series and this week our subject is John Deere, the company. John Deere was not a farmer, but he was a real person who started innovating for farmers back in 1837 when he designed a newfangled kind of plow that helped pioneers break through rich Midwest soil. …

Groundswell Podcast Focuses on Sustainability

Kelly Marshall

When you do what you’ve always done, you get what you’ve always gotten. That’s why those in the agriculture industry know they’ve got to do something different when it comes to sustainability. Now, thanks to GroundWork, there’s a new podcast series designed to offer a new look at tools, technologies, and practices that improve soil health and water quality. Listeners …

Field to Market Announces Sustainability Metrics

Kelly Marshall

Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture has made sustainability metrics and algorithms part of the Fieldprint Platform. The new tool offers commodity crop producers a way to analyze their management practices using data from partners like Ag Connections, LLC’s Land.db system, Agrible’s Morning Farm Report and Heartland Science and Technology Group’s Precision Conservation Management Portal. The integration with these systems was …

FMC’s New Headquarters Earns LEED Gold Certification

Kelly Marshall

FMC Corporation‘s commitment to sustainability is proven once more with the recent LEED Gold certification of their global headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The building boasts energy and water efficiency, superior indoor air quality and was created using sustainable materials. The space was developed alongside Brandywine Realty Trust, owner and developer of the FMC tower. The certification accounts for the company’s …

Agren & Land O’Lakes Provide Precision Conservation

Kelly Marshall

Land O’Lakes is partnering with a small business from Central Iowa focused on offering sustainability solutions to agriculture. Agren‘s technology platform will be used to deliver scalable, geo-spatial tools to find highly-erodible areas in a field and create a plan to protect the soil and improve water quality. The program, branded as SoilVantage, will be the first to offer precision …

#AFBF17 Addresses the Dirt on Sustainability

Kelly Marshall

One of agriculture’s biggest frustrations is sustainability; not because we aren’t doing it, but because others are defining it for us, says Katie Heger, a farmer serving on American Farm Bureau Federation‘s Dirt on Sustainability panel. “We have a market that is trying to define what [sustainability] means to us and how we’re supposed to respond to that. Sustainability, really, …

Indigo Cotton Offers Gains for Growers

Kelly Marshall

Last spring Indigo launched their first product dedicated to helping farmers grow food and fiber in a sustainable manner. Now the company is releasing preliminary data from Indigo Cotton, a seat treatment based on naturally occurring in-plant microbes. The product was developed to improve water efficiency while offering high yields during water stress. Grower data from West Texas and Texas …