Sponsors like McDonald’s, Environmental Defense Fund, Bayer, Cargill, state corn and soybean commodity groups, National Corn Growers, The Nature Conservancy, Corteva, Tyson and others helped provide a variety of services to make the 2019 Soil Health Summit a huge success. But they are also key partners throughout the year in SHP’s efforts to research, educate and advocate for soil health initiatives, providing a valuable link from farmers to consumers.
More than 60 percent of the funding for the summit came directly from farmers or through their commodity organizations, like Corn Growers Associations, reflecting a major commitment that bodes well for the future.
Carrie Vollmer-Sanders, North America Nutrient Strategy Manager for The Nature Conservancy, says she is involved with the Soil Health Partnership on both the sponsor level and as a farmer. “This is the largest program in the United States to help farmers understand the benefits and the economics (of soil health),” she said.
Interview with Vollmer-Sanders:
Townsend Bailey, Director of Sustainability for McDonalds, says they were pleased to become part of the Soil Health Partnership because it provides relevant data for farmers and fits with McDonalds sustainability goals. “We’re on the journey to build a better McDonalds and we’re committed to use our scale for good,” said Bailey. “That involves working with our … full value chain, all the way back to the farmer.”
Interview with Bailey:
Bayer Crop Science Environmental Business Development Lead Sean Arians says getting partners like McDonalds involved in soil health is very important. “It’s all about how do we as an industry work together towards this common goal of sustainable agriculture,” said Arians.
Interview with Arians: