In 2015, farmers, ranchers and food companies made major headway for agricultural and environmental success.
By reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving soil health, restoring habitat for at-risk wildlife and protecting freshwater supplies, 2015 set the table for major success in 2016.
A look back at 2015:
•First carbon offset protocol approval for crops in a cap-and-trade market (for U.S. rice growers), followed by approval of a grasslands protocol and a huge investment from USDA to develop a fertilizer protocol.
•Launch of the innovative platform throughout the United Suppliers agricultural retailer network. So far, over 300 sales representatives in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Ohio have attended training.
•Release of Colorado's first-ever water plan to ensure the health and vitality of the state's streams, rivers, communities and wildlife – without harming farmers. The plan addresses development of financial mechanisms to incentivize participation in alternative water transfer mechanisms and subsidize agricultural water system optimization.