Minneapolis, MN - Sept. 16, 2020 - Cargill is supporting farmer-led efforts to adopt practices and systems foundational to regenerative agriculture practices across 10 million acres of North American farmland over the next 10 years.
The initiative will focus primarily on row crop rotations that include corn, wheat, canola and soybeans and other staple crops.
Cargill expects these regenerative agriculture practices to benefit the long-term profitability and resiliency of farmers while simultaneously advancing the company's progress against its science-based climate commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its global supply chains by 30 percent per ton of product by 2030.
The initiative will also contribute to the company's efforts to protect and enhance water resources.
"At Cargill, we view agriculture as an opportunity. Because we know agriculture is how we'll ensure a safe, responsible and sustainable food system," said Ryan Sirolli, Cargill sustainability director for row crops.
"When farmers adopt practices, and ultimately systems, such as reducing or eliminating tillage and adding cover crops, we can help mitigate climate change and protect water resources while improving the resiliency of the soil.
"Investing in soil health principles is how agriculture can help enhance farmer livelihoods while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving water quality and increasing drought resilience."
Protecting and regenerating the soil with farmers and partners across the supply chain
While pockets of regenerative agriculture systems exist in North America, there is a need to more rapidly scale soil health practices so that nature and people – including farmers – can reap the benefits.
"The land is a farmer's most valuable asset—key to their livelihood and productivity," added Sirolli.
"By supporting adoption of soil health principles with our farm partners, we can build healthy soils, increase resiliency and profitability and ensure their success, and the viability of their land, for future generations."
Through the initiative announced today, Cargill will work with partners and other stakeholders across the supply chain to provide farmers access to technical and agronomic resources that support yield and profit objectives, training opportunities, support with data collection for benchmarking and visibility to the needs of downstream consumer facing companies.
Understanding the financial pressures farmers are facing, Cargill will help connect farmers to cost-sharing options and support the development of new market based solutions to incentivize outcomes that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve and protect water quality, like the Soil and Water Outcomes Fund, of which Cargill is a founding member.
"To feed a growing population and protect our planet, we need to celebrate and elevate farmers who are adopting sustainable agriculture practices and caring for the land while feeding the world.
"By collaborating across the supply chain with farmers, ranchers, customers and partners, we can scale solutions that drive lasting change," said Jill Kolling, Cargill vice president of global sustainability.
Partnering for impact
Cargill has established multiple partnerships to help implement soil health practices and provide dedicated resources to promote regenerative agriculture systems.
Cargill already has several efforts underway to support the 10-million-acre initiative including:
To learn more about Cargill's overarching climate commitments, and our work with farmers, visit: https://www.cargill.com/sustainability/priorities/climate-change