Business & Policy
Sustainability organization Field to Market announces expansion into Canada
November 18, 2019
By Top Crop Manager
Field to Market, an American organization building tools for the agriculture industry to measure and assess its environmental sustainability, expanded into Canada.
Field to Market uses an assessment framework that measures the environmental impacts of commodity crop production and identifies areas for improvement. The organization indirectly promotes the adoption of conservation practices such as crop rotation, field borders, filter strips, minimum tillage, wetland restoration, composting, cover crops, precision fertilizer application and more.
The expansion into Canada will allow for companies in the U.S. and Canada to work together “to meet their sustainable sourcing and science-based targets,” according to Field to Market. The organization says it will leverage existing tools and metrics of the Canadian Field Print Initiative to ensure the program is tailored to locally relevant conditions and built upon prior technical investments from the Canadian agriculture sector.
Various programs and protocols developed for the U.S. context will be made available through Field to Market Canada over the coming year. “Since 2011, the Canadian Field Print Initiative, a group of like-minded organizations, has been working to advance and promote outcomes-based sustainability measures for Canadian crop production,” said Gordon Bacon, CEO of Pulse Canada.
Field to Market Canada’s key supporting organizations include Pulse Canada, Grain Farmers of Ontario, Fertilizer Canada and CropLife Canada. A complete list of founding members of Field to Market Canada will be announced in February 2020.