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Field to Market

Objective

Convenes diverse stakeholders to work collaboratively to define, measure and advance the sustainability of food, fiber and fuel production in the United States.

Overview

Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture is a diverse, multi-stakeholder iniatitive working to create opportunities across the agricultural supply chain for continuous improvements in productivity, environmental quality, and human well-being. The Alliance provides a common framework for sustainability measurement that row crop farmers and the supply chain can use to better understand and assess performance at the field, local, state and national levels. Field to Market’s Supply Chain Sustainability Program helps the food and agricultural supply chain benchmark sustainability performance, catalyze continuous improvement and enable brands and retailers to characterize the sustainability of key sourcing regions as well as measure and report out on progress against environmental goals.

Manufacturing Process

N/A

Manufacturing Location

N/A

Fiber Production 2016/17 (MT)

TBD for 2018

Growth in production (2015/16 - 2016/17)

TBD for 2018

Market Share of Total Cotton Grown (2016/17)

TBD for 2018

Projected growth in production

TBD for 2018

Yield (see accompanying “TE Position” notes)

Participating farmers input their individual yield data

Rainfed/ Irrigated

Both rainfed and irrigated producers are included in the program. Irrigated fields receive a specific metric on the irrigation water use efficiency of their system.

Water Management

Participating farmers receive metric scores on irrigtaion water use efficiency and water quality

Soil Fertility

Partiicpating farmers receive metric scores on the soil carbon and soil erosion implications of their practices; they are required to indicate whether soil testing is used in determining fertilizer needs.

Biodiversity

Particpating famers receive a Biodiversity score for their cultivated fields and other land types on the farm that indicates the potential of their land to support diverse ecosystems. This information is used to educate farmers on opportunities to increase this potential.

GMOs Permitted?

Field to Market is technology neutral. No specific products are prohibited or required.

Use of Hazardous Pesticides

Field to Market is technology neutral. No specific products are prohibited or required. Participating farmers are subject to all U.S. laws and regulations regarding permitted/prohibited chemicals and safe handling requirements.

Use of Synthetic Fertilizer

Field to Market is technology neutral. No specific products are prohibited or required.

LCA available?

No

Water Consumption (m3/ 1000kg fiber*) or best practices used to conserve water

No LCA Data

Primary Energy Demand MJ /1000 kg fiber *

No LCA Data

Global Warming (kg of CO2-eq/ 1000kg fiber*)

No LCA Data

Eutrophication (kg of phosphate-eq/ 1000 kg fiber *)

Particpating famers receive a Biodiversity score for their cultivated fields and other land types on the farm that indicates the potential of their land to support diverse ecosystems. This information is used to educate farmers on opportunities to increase this potential.

Social considerations / regulations

Field to Market is technology neutral. No specific products are prohibited or required.

Verification / Certification (farm level)

Field to Market is technology neutral. No specific products are prohibited or required. Participating farmers are subject to all U.S. laws and regulations regarding permitted/prohibited chemicals and safe handling requirements.

Chain of Custody (supply chain)

Field to Market is technology neutral. No specific products are prohibited or required.

Product marketing/labeling

No consumer-facing labeling or marketing.

Consumer recognition

No consumer-facing labeling or marketing and no data on consumer recognition at this time.

Livelihoods

No specified price differential or payment requirement for partners, though supply chain partners develop strategies for grower recruitment and retention that may include fiancial or non-financial incentives that have included direct payment, cost sharing, financial assistance, and technical or educaitonal assistance.

Product marketing/labeling

The supply chain partners typcially bear the cost of data collection and analysis and any incentives or assistance provided to participating farmers. The program is free for growers.

Quality perception/ implications

No known quality implications
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