Nestlé Purina PetCare this month announced it is working with Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN to support environmental stewardship practices on 50,000 acres of farmland, driving sustainability in its grains supply chain to more than 9 million bushels annually during the next two years.
Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN is the sustainability solutions business of Land O’Lakes, Inc., one of America’s largest farmer-owned cooperatives.
Under the new program, Nestlé Purina is supporting conservation practices on Iowa farms initially, surrounding the company’s Davenport and Clinton production facilities. Working together with local agronomy retailer Innovative Ag Services (IAS), farmers will be able to use the Truterra Insights Engine, a first-of-its-kind, on-farm digital sustainability platform, to benchmark current practices and environmental impact on a field-by-field and acre-by-acre basis.
With this information in hand, farmers will be better able to model both the potential environmental and economic impacts of various conservation practices.
By deploying a metric-based approach to measure stewardship outcomes, the initiative aims to support long-term conservation and productivity on farms and quantify the impact of conservation practices across many areas – nitrogen efficiency, erosion, soil quality, GHG emissions and carbon sequestration.
This announcement closely follows Nestlé’s commitment to climate action and the company joining the ‘One Planet Business for Biodiversity’ (OP2B) coalition dedicated to scaling up regenerative agriculture practices to protect soil health.
Matt Carstens, SVP of Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN, said, “This initiative unlocks new capacity for farmers and their trusted AG retail advisors to quantify the benefits of current practices on the farm, and identify potential improvements that balance both environmental benefits and farm economics.”
“In support of our commitments to climate action and OP2B, it’s critical that we support the farmers in our supply chain with the latest tools and technology to make a scalable difference, and this new collaboration with Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN is a crucial step to helping us achieve that goal,” said Jack Scott, VP of Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing for Nestlé Purina. “Farmers are leading environmental stewards. With this new commitment to supply chain sustainability, Nestlé Purina looks forward to working in partnership with them to benchmark their great work while helping achieve even more into the future both in the region and industry-wide.”
Note: Nestlé Purina PetCare is a separate business from Purina Animal Nutrition, a business of Land O’Lakes, Inc.