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Tag Archives: Economic Development

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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Datu Case Studies, ICYMI!

In a recent series of Datu Case Studies, four Midwest farmers present detailed, year-by-year budget data on their adoption of two soil health management practices: cover crops and no-till. Farmers who switch to these practices can see losses at first, but these case study farmers showed clear economic benefits. By generously sharing what they’ve learned, they are speeding up the learning curve […]

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Datu in the Media: New Methane Report

Highlighting job opportunities in the emerging industry to detect and repair leaks in natural gas facilities, national media cited our recent report prepared for EDF, “Find & Fix: Job Creation in the Emerging Methane Leak Detection and Repair Industry.” Read more… Print Coverage: Albuquerque Business First:Policies that target oil and gas methane emissions could result in job […]

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Mitigating Methane, Creating Jobs

Building on our 2014 study, The Emerging U.S. Methane Mitigation Industry, this report focuses on the growing field of firms that provide Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) services to oil and gas operators. We collected primary data from 60 LDAR firms providing services in 45 states. Most are small businesses, many established within the last […]

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Building Economic Resilience for Louisiana Shrimpers

Consumer demand for shrimp has ballooned in recent years, yet Louisiana shrimpers are struggling to make a living in a profession in which their parents and grandparents thrived. One reason is price: at dockside, shrimpers can receive as little as one-fourth the price that shrimp are sold for in restaurants. How can shrimpers capture more […]

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New Datu-Soil Health Institute Project on Economic Risks & Rewards

The Soil Health Institute (SHI) and Datu Research announced a $626,000 grant from the Walton Family Foundation to quantify the economic risks and rewards of soil health management. Read more…

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Supporting the Soil Health Institute

The Soil Health Institute is a new private-public partnership that works directly with farmers (organic and conventional), researchers, the USDA and others to improve soil health. The Datu team is pleased to provide the Institute with research-based meeting facilitation and a custom-designed web application for use in identifying and filling priority research gaps.

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Supporting the Soil Renaissance

Led by the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation and the Farm Foundation, the Soil Renaissance is an international effort to make soil health the cornerstone of land use management decisions. Datu is pleased to provide meeting facilitation and qualitative research to this multi-year collaboration involving academic researchers, industry, government, farmers, and ranchers.

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Economics of Soil Health Management

Agricultural research shows the soil health benefits of cover cropping, crop rotation, and reduced or eliminated tillage. These practices can succeed in certain soil and climate conditions, but not in others. In collaboration with the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), Datu is performing 3-year case studies, collecting cost and benefit data on soil health […]

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Adoption of Conservation Agriculture: Economic Incentives in the Iowa Corn Value Chain

Adoption of Conservation Agriculture: Economic Incentives in the Iowa Corn Value Chain

Conservation agriculture is a powerful way for farmers to protect the nation’s water from harmful nutrient pollution. Three practices—no-till, cover cropping, and crop rotation can reduce soil erosion, build long-term soil health, and protect yields during drought. Datu Research completed a year-long study to find opportunities in farmers’ existing business relationships to make conservation practices […]

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