This week, the Field to Market, the Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture unveiled an agricultural supply chain program, saying it will become a platform for measuring, promoting and reporting on continuous sustainability improvements for U.S. crops.

The crops it covers are corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, rice, potatoes and measures sustainability indicators such as land use, soil conservation, soil carbon, irrigated water use, water quality, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

The new program was approved at the organization’s board meeting in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and it will focus on benchmarking current sustainability outcomes, catalyzing continuous improvement at the field and landscape level, and enabling supply chain sourcing claims.

“The announcement signals a major commitment among members to address supply chain sustainability in a manner that is transparent, grounded in science, focused on outcomes and open to a full range of technology choices while considering productivity, environmental quality and human well-being,” said Rod Snyder, president of Field to Market.

Over the next 40 years, the world is facing an unprecedented challenge to produce crops to provide for 9 billion people, he said.

“The nature of this challenge requires an unusual level of transparency and collaboration, and today’s announcement is a pivotal step in achieving this vision at a necessary scale,” he said.

Field to Market’s new program framework comes with the support and participation of some of the most prominent members of the food and agriculture sector.  The membership of Field to Market includes:

Agrium US, Inc.; American Crystal Sugar Company; American Farm Bureau Federation; American Soybean Association; Archer Daniels Midland Company; Bayer CropScience; BASF; Biotechnology Industry Organization; Bunge; Cargill; CHS, Inc.; Conservation Technology Information Center; Cotton Incorporated; CropLife America; CropLife International; Dow AgroSciences; Ducks Unlimited; DuPont Pioneer; Environmental Defense Fund; FleishmanHillard; General Mills;

Indiana Soybean Alliance; Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy; International Plant Nutrition Institute; John Deere; Kellogg Company; Land O’Lakes, Inc.; McDonald’s Corporation; Monsanto Company; National Association of Conservation Districts; National Association of Wheat Growers; National Corn Growers Association; National Cotton Council of America; National Potato Council; North Carolina State University; Penton Media; Procter & Gamble; Syngenta Corporation; The Coca-Cola Company; The Fertilizer Institute; The Freshwater Trust; The Mosaic Company;

The Nature Conservancy; Thompson Coburn LLP; Unilever; United Soybean Board; University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture; University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences; US Soybean Export Council; USA Rice Federation; USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; Walmart; World Resources Institute; World Wildlife Fund – US.