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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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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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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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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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Datu Seeks Senior Evaluation Consultant

Datu seeks an experienced Senior Evaluation Consultant. The successful candidate must have experience designing and leading performance evaluations, performance monitoring systems, surveys and assessments in various international settings. Must have demonstrated business development experience, including writing proposals and M&E methodology approaches. This position is based in Datu’s headquarter office in Durham, NC and will involve […]

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Datu Discusses Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs) and Cover Crops

Who do farmers count on for farm management info and advice (besides other farmers)? Attend Datu’s webinar Thu, June 7 on Certified Crop Advisers and their potential role in providing cover crop products and services, hosted by the Platform for Agricultural Risk Management (PARM) Register here

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Are you a full-time student with a future in soil health research?

Datu is offering a full scholarship to this year’s Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) International Annual Conference. We hope you’ll apply! Read more…

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More on Cover Crop Economics…

It wasn’t a question of knowing there were benefits to cover crops, but when Michael Willis began using them in 2012 he was curious to see if hard numbers could be put to the economics of including them in the family operation. He got his answer this year, after volunteering to be one of four multi-year case […]

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