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Tag Archives: Food & Agriculture

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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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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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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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 and Certified Crop Advisers

Besides other farmers, who do farmers count on for farm management information and advice? Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs) are trusted “go to” sources, along with the agricultural retailers where they work. As farmer interest in cover crops grows, are CCAs and ag retailers willing and prepared to provide much-needed cover crop supplies and services? In […]

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Happy 2017! Try this New Soil Health Research Tool…

The Soil Health Institute (SHI) today announced the release of the Soil Health Research Landscape™ tool, an online library and search engine for scientists, farmers, and others interested in soil health. Datu is pleased to have provided the custom design and web development of this tool, working closely with SHI and its partners. The Soil […]

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