CHICAGO — Archer Daniels Midland Co., General Mills, Inc. and Agrible’s Southern Plains Wheat Fieldprint Project received the 2018 Collaboration of the Year Award from Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture. The project is geared toward helping farmers in Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri to measure and improve natural resource management efficiency for winter wheat production.
“We’re honored to receive this recognition for our work to help farmers enhance the efficiency and sustainability of their businesses,” said Alison Taylor, chief sustainability officer at ADM. “The Southern Plains Wheat Fieldprint Project is a great fit for us, helping advance all four of our sustainability pillars: mitigating climate change, protecting natural resources, creating business alliances and enhancing employee and community well-being.”
The Southern Plains Wheat Fieldprint Project includes 99 participating growers with 176,000 acres enrolled in its second year. Participating growers have made strides over the past two years in soil improvements and input reduction, resulting in significant emissions reductions; 140,390 gallons of diesel fuel saved; and a 10% increase in crop yields. The program has created ongoing dialogue and a platform for growers to share their stories with consumers, facilitated by ADM.
Field to Market — a group of more than 140 members representing all facets of the U.S. agricultural supply chain — presents its Sustainability Leadership Awards annually to farmers and organizations who demonstrate outstanding leadership through their efforts to advance continuous improvement in the sustainability of U.S. agriculture.
“The pressing challenges facing agriculture and the environment are too big for any organization to solve alone, underscoring the importance of collaboration to deliver solutions at the scale and pace needed,” said Rod Snyder, president of Field to Market. “Together, ADM, General Mills and Agrible are helping contribute to a more profitable, resilient and transparent agricultural supply chain by helping farmers quantify and measure continuous improvement in soil health and water conservation and explore practices that build resiliency.”