The planet’s challenges continue to evolve, and so do the partnerships striving for a solution. Recently, a notable collaboration between the Soil Health Institute (SHI) and Cargill for a sustainable agricultural future. The partnership promotes water stewardship within agricultural supply chains to bolster regenerative agricultural practices.
Spanning over three years, with a backing of $3 million, this venture is set to empower farmers, conservation planners, and sustainability enthusiasts across North America. The mission is to provide innovative tools that augment drought resilience, rejuvenate soil health, and foster sustainable water use.
“Climate change-induced extreme weather events have escalated risks in the farming sector,” elucidates SHI’s president and CEO Wayne Honeycutt. “This partnership offers stakeholders a platform to gauge the enhancements in water storage owing to shifts in on-farm practices.”
The SHI’s recent research offers groundbreaking insights. Compared to previous assumptions, the ability to increase water holding capacity through adopting soil health practices doubles the water storage in topsoil. These findings, currently encapsulated as mathematical equations, serve as a solid foundation to gauge the influence of soil health management on water storage. Through this partnership, such data will be demystified, making it accessible to farmers to quantify their soil’s potential water retention capabilities during cultivation seasons.
This venture is a stepping stone towards a green future for Ashley McKeon, director of regenerative agriculture at Cargill. “Regenerative agriculture is the catalyst to countering the adverse impacts of climate change on our farming systems,” she remarked. Cargill’s commitment is palpable to spread regenerative agriculture over 10 million acres in North America by 2030. Their association with SHI needs to develop. The five-year rapport underscores Cargill’s commitment to a sustainable trajectory.
This collaboration heralds a future where stakeholders, from farmers to government bodies, can gauge their stride towards water stewardship objectives. The overarching aim is to underscore the importance of soil health in bolstering drought resilience and sustainable water management. An egalitarian approach ensures everyone gets free, fair, and equal access to the tools and resources spawned from this partnership.
The mission isn’t just regional. Cargill has a global vision, with sustainability as its cornerstone. This collaboration bolsters Cargill’s global ambitions, notably its goal to promote regenerative agriculture across an expansive 10 million acres in North America by the end of this decade.
The Soil Health Institute, a global non-profit, is dedicated to safeguarding soil vitality and productivity through meticulous scientific endeavors. The institute’s holistic vision envelops a world where regenerative soil health systems are at the helm, ensuring agricultural and societal well-being.
Cargill stands as a sentinel connecting myriad nodes of the food chain. With a heritage spanning 158 years, the conglomerate is a testament to innovation and sustainability. They aren’t just about meeting the current needs; they’re about shaping a future that resonates with values and sustainability.
In the words of an ancient proverb, “Society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit.” This partnership between SHI and Cargill embodies that ethos, aiming for a world that thrives – not just survives.