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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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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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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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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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Cover Crops, No-till, and the Bottom Line: Datu Case Studies

Documenting their budget numbers and the context behind them, four farmers who have adopted cover crops and/or no-till share decisions they made and why, effects on their income and yields, and lessons they learned. Read more…

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Cover Crops, No-till, and the Bottom Line

Conservation agriculture practices can help farmers limit soil loss, conserve water, reduce runoff, enhance biodiversity, and more. Yet every farmer faces tough questions. How will it work on my farm? Will it impact my yields? What will it to do my bottom line? Four new Datu case studies use partial budget analysis to document the numbers and the context […]

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