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Datu Research: How Smithfield Foods Works With Farmers to Reduce Fertilizer Loss and GHG Emissions

Smithfield Foods has successfully engaged 80 percent of its supply chain for grain — which is used to feed the company’s hogs — in farming practices that are both sustainable and reduce the cost of production for grain farmers. Read more… Links: Smithfield Foods: Smithfield Foods Achieves Industry-Leading Environmental Commitment by Engaging Grain Supply Chain […]

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Partnering for a Sustainable Supply Chain: Smithfield Foods

This case study tells the story of how Smithfield Foods, a $15-billion global food company and the world’s largest pork processor and hog producer, is tapping the power of collaboration to create a more sustainable supply chain. The focus: environmental impacts of growing hogs and the grain that feeds them. The company’s strategic partner in […]

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Helping Farmers Succeed with Cover Crops: Two Case Studies

How can ag retailers incorporate cover crops into their business model? Datu reports on the experience of two farmer-owned cooperatives that are committed to actively supporting their customers with cover crop products, advice and services. A follow-on to our September 2018 study of Certified Crop Advisors and Ag Retailers, these case studies tell the story […]

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Ceres Solutions: Good Stewardship is Good Business

How can ag retailers incorporate cover crops into their business model? Ceres Solutions, a farmer-owned cooperative based in Crawfordsville, Indiana, finds it a natural fit, since it requires no extra investment and makes more effective use of their existing facilities, services, and human resources. After an early period of trial and error, the Ceres team […]

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Sunrise Cooperative: Do What’s Right for the Customer and the Land

Sunrise Cooperative, Inc. is an agricultural, grain, feed, crop insurance and energy cooperative with 33 locations throughout Ohio. Sunrise’s involvement in cover crops came not as a specific decision, but as a gradual process of responding to customers’ needs. Over the past eight years, the Sunrise team has seen water quality become a major factor […]

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Ag Retailers and Cover Crops: Willingness, But Barriers

Ag retailers and Certified Crop Advisers are a trusted go-to source for farmers. How willing are they to help their farmer customers adopt cover crops? Our study found that 89% of agricultural retailers have offered cover crop products and services in the past two years, and 94% say they want to expand these offerings in […]

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Ag Retailer Support for Cover Crops

Ag retailers and Certified Crop Advisers are a trusted go-to source for farmers. How willing are they to help their farmer customers adopt cover crops? Our study found that 89% of agricultural retailers have offered cover crop products and services in the past two years, and 94% say they want to expand these offerings in […]

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Will we see you next week at SWCS or the Soil Health Institute Conferences?

Hope to see you in Albuquerque, where you can get a sneak peek at Datu’s upcoming findings on cover crop products and services provided by agricultural retailers and Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs). At the annual meetings of the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) and the Soil Health Institute (SHI), Dr. Angel Cruz will present […]

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A Big High Five to Datu Scholarship Winner Amanda Locker!

Datu is pleased to award to Amanda Locker a full scholarship to attend the 73rd annual conference of the Soil and Water Conservation Service (SWCS). As a graduate student in Agricultural Engineering at Purdue University, treasurer of Purdue’s SWCS Student Chapter, and the wife of an Indiana farmer, Amanda has a great deal of energy […]

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ICYMI: Understanding the Barriers of Ag Retailers and CCAs in Providing Cover Crop Services

What are the top 5 challenges in providing cover crop products and services? See Datu’s recent webinar hosted by the Partnership for Ag Resource Management (PARM): http://partnershipfarm.org/webinars/

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