Submitted by Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture
Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture last night announced the 2018 recipients of its prestigious Sustainability Leadership Awards. The Alliance honored Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), Agrible and General Mills, Inc. with the 2018 Collaboration of the Year Award and presented the 2018 Farmer of the Year Award to Louisiana cotton farmer Jay Hardwick.
In their second year, the awards—presented as the capstone of the Alliance’s fall meeting—recognize farmers and organizations who have demonstrated outstanding leadership through their efforts to advance continuous improvement in the sustainability of U.S. agriculture.
2018 Collaboration of the Year: Southern Plains Wheat Fieldprint Project
Recognizing outstanding collaboration and cross-sector partnership in advancing continuous improvement in sustainable agriculture at the field and landscape level, ADM, Agrible and General Mills—this year’s recipients of the Collaboration of the Year Award—were honored for their collective efforts to help farmers in the Southern Plains build soil health, conserve water and extend the life of the Ogallala aquifer through improved management.
“The pressing challenges facing agriculture and the environment are too big for any organization to solve alone, underscoring the importance of collaboration to deliver solutions at the scale and pace needed,” said Rod Snyder, president of Field to Market. “Together, General Mills, Agrible and ADM are helping contribute to a more profitable, resilient and transparent agricultural supply chain by helping farmers measure continuous improvement in soil health and water conservation and explore practices that build resiliency.”
By coordinating efforts through the Southern Plains Wheat Fieldprint Project, these partners are taking steps towards helping farmers improve the resiliency of their fields, conserve water and improve their bottom line. These companies are taking important steps in helping farmers adapt their management practices to the future potential of prolonged drought, such as conservation- or no-till, which can serve as an important defense against the conditions that led to the Dust Bowl more than 80 years ago.
2018 Farmer of the Year: Jay Hardwick, Newellton, Louisiana
Honoring the extraordinary contributions of a farmer who is committed advancing sustainable agriculture through outstanding conservation and stewardship efforts on their farm and sharing best practices with their peers, this year’s Farmer of the Year recognizes Louisiana cotton farmer Jay Hardwick for his leadership and dedication to sustainability. As Field to Market’s highest honor for commodity crop producers, this distinctive award celebrates Jay’s commitment to delivering sustainable outcomes for agriculture.
“Jay’s leadership has left an indelible imprint not only on wildlife preservation and improved water quality in Louisiana’s bayous, but also in the conservation legacy that will live on in his sons as they take up his mantle of sustainability,” said Snyder. “His pursuit of innovation and passion for conservation is illustrated by his efforts to maximize natural resource protection, while harmonizing productive agriculture operations.”
The winners of Field to Market’s Sustainability Leadership Awards are selected by the Alliance’s Board of Directors and Awards and Recognition Committee. Each recipient demonstrates leadership in the pursuit of continuous improvement, resulting in measurable results and significant impact on both agriculture and the environment.
Learn more about the 2018 Sustainability Leadership Award winners at www.fieldtomarket.org/awards.
Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture brings together a diverse group of grower organizations; agribusinesses; food, beverage, restaurant and retail companies; conservation groups; universities and public sector partners to focus on defining, measuring and advancing the sustainability of food, fiber and fuel production. Field to Market is comprised of more than 140 members representing all facets of the U.S. agricultural supply chain, with members employing more than 5 million people and representing combined revenues totaling over $1.5 trillion. For more information, visit www.fieldtomarket.org and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/FieldtoMarket.
Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture is a leading multi-stakeholder initiative working to unite the agricultural supply chain in defining, measuring and advancing the sustainability of food, fiber and fuel production in the United States. We bring together a diverse group of grower organizations; agribusinesses; food, beverage, restaurant and retail companies; conservation groups; universities; and public sector partners to create opportunities across the agricultural supply chain for continuous improvements in productivity, environmental quality, and human well-being. With the world population estimated to exceed 9 billion by 2050, the entire value chain must work together to efficiently and responsibly lay the groundwork for a more sustainable future. From the farm gate to the retail and restaurant counter, the challenge of producing enough food, fiber and fuel for a rapidly growing populationâ€”while conserving our planet’s natural resourcesâ€”has become increasingly complex. The nature of this challenge requires an unparalleled level of transparency and collaboration. By uniting the agricultural supply chain and key stakeholders around a common measurement framework, Field to Market seeks to drive continuous improvement in the sustainability of commodity crop production.