The Sustainability Community is Collaborating, but Where Does the Farmer Fit In? 

Is there Enough Shared Risk to be Truly Effective?  Realizing that mitigating agriculture’s climate impact is too much for any one organization to tackle alone, the sustainability community is rallying around meaningful collaborations and partnerships to help get more conservation on the ground. Late last year, the annual 2023 Sustainable Agriculture Summit, sponsored by Field […]

Industry Partnership Unveils Barriers and Opportunities in Sustainability Data Collection Throughout Pork Supply Chain

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Trust In Food™ and The Sustainability Consortium explore data collection and sharing within pork and row crop producers, find gaps worth exploring.  Lenexa, Kan., (February 7, 2024) – Amid the new focus on regenerative practices in U.S. agriculture and the unprecedented investments in climate-smart commodities, Farm Journal’s Trust In Food™ and The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) are partnering to gather insights into […]

New Online Tool Aims to Accelerate Conservation Agriculture

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Farmer engagement with data-driven, farmer-centered messaging doubled compared to traditional outreach strategies.   Lenexa, Kan. (Feb. 1, 2024) — A new web-based tool provides an interactive guide to help conservation professionals optimize and scale engagement with farmers and ranchers. The step-by-step tool is designed to help groups ranging from supply chain businesses to local conservation districts develop effective ways […]

Trust In Beef™ Deepens Expertise With New Partners 

Ducks Unlimited and ABS Global further the program’s capabilities to support ranchers in enacting climate-smart change with technical assistance and genetic innovation.  Lenexa, Kan.,– For two years Trust In Beef has been working to empower beef producers on their sustainability journeys by leveraging the power of Farm Journal’s Trust In Food and Drovers brands with the ingenuity and innovation […]

Connecting Producers to the Climate-Smart Economy with Opportunity Navigator

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As I think about what to expect from this year’s Sustainable Ag Summit, I imagine there will be great celebration and excitement around the growth of conservation agriculture and investment programs — from the Climate-Smart Commodities Partnership program to new announcements from corporate giants like Walmart, General Mills and PepsiCo. Of course, all these programs ultimately […]

The Pathway To Helping Producers Do More With Data 

We’ve been talking about the opportunities and perils of producers and farm-level data management together with our colleagues at The Sustainability Consortium for quite a while. But the topic is now gaining more mainstream attention. An Aug. 22 article by Belle Lin in The Wall Street Journal asserts that the utilization of data is lower than expected a […]

What It Means To Be A Supportive Change Agent

It’s not hyperbole to say that there is more attention on agriculture, and what it means in practice to be sustainable or regenerative, than there has been in human history. With companies like Walmart, General Mills, Cargill, The Fertilizer Institute, IndigoAg, and so many more rolling out iterations of “acres converted to sustainable ag practices” […]

How USDA Views Climate-Smart Commodities Program After Year One

How time flies when you’re…. busy working to support farmers and mitigate climate change!  It has been a full year since USDA announced the Climate-Smart Commodities Partnerships program.  Last week, I was fortunate to join USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack at Gwenyn Hill Farm in Waukesha County, Wis., for an update on the program and the role […]

Cultivating Wellness: Farm-to-Pharmacy Movement Opens New Markets for Producers

2014 Farm Bill program aims to increase consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables to mitigate healthcare costs. Vegetable farmer Rachel Summers began her regenerative journey with an actual road trip that started by selling her house and buying a van to travel across the country to work on farms and learn from other producers. During her two years on the road, […]

Why Local-Led Conservation Moves the Needle  

If you’ve been following us on social media, you’ll see a crush of field day activities as part of our work with America’s Conservation Ag Movement (ACAM). Our resident regenerative farmer and rancher, Jimmy Emmons, has been dotting the Corn Belt since June, and we’re eager to start our rotation of field days with our ACAM Conservation […]