There are many definitions for sustainability.
One definition is “meeting the needs of the present while improving the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
Some companies and farmers want to document farming practices that meet this definition of sustainability that includes providing for today and improving the soil for tomorrow, reports Andrea Johnson on MinnesotaFarmGuide.com.
Field to Market, The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture – a group of producers, agribusinesses, companies, conservation organizations, universities and public sector partners – is helping to define, measure and advance the sustainability of food, fiber and fuel production.
One of their new partners is Farmers Edge USA, with U.S. headquarters in Shakopee, MN, and global headquarters in Winnipeg, Canada.
Farmers Edge has pioneered variable rate technology on an individual field basis since 2005.
Now, their CEO and President, Wade Barnes, believes that variable rate field plans based on collected and documented data can create value beyond improved farm profitability.
“We’re excited about being involved in the sustainability movement in the U.S.,” Barnes said in a phone interview.
“If we can build a product so that farmers can get higher yields – for the same amount or less fertilizer – it is just good business. Good business is directly tied to sustainability.”
Farmers Edge’s top product is Precision Solutions Ultra services.