(Posted Fri. Feb 14th, 2014)
The National Corn Growers Association’s Production and Stewardship Action Team met last week in Atlanta to discuss programs that deal with livestock nutrition, bee health, water quality and sustainability. “Large consumer manufacturers are committed to supplying their customers with quality products produced sustainably, said Don Glenn, PSAT Chairman. “Farmers naturally approach growing a crop sustainably because it is good business. It makes no sense to overuse expensive inputs or damage the natural resources that keep us in business. Our goal is participate in coming to a common understanding on sustainability throughout the marketplace.”
At a meeting with representatives from Coca-Cola, the team stressed the need for everyone attempting to gauge sustainable practices to use only one vehicle. Currently, the Field to Market calculator is the most robust tool available for farmers to establish a sustainability baseline in which to measure progress. Field to Market’s national report has demonstrated that corn production is sustainable and has continually improved. Coca-Cola and NCGA are united in encouraging utilization of the Fieldprint Calculator as an effective tool for growers.
The Coca-Cola Sustainability Committee presented the company’s position on sustainability and their ongoing programs and efforts. The team will continue to work with Coca-Cola to work towards a cohesive program on sustainability.
Participants included Don Glenn, chairman of Alabama; Brent Hostetler, vice chairman of Ohio; Keith Alverson, Corn Board liaison of South Dakota; Doug Albin of Minnesota; Kelly Brunkhorst, state staff representative of Nebraska; Jim Burg of South Dakota; Chris Edgington of Iowa; Gary Edwards of Iowa; Jeff Jarboe of Illinois; Gail Lierer of Ohio; Carl Sousek of Nebraska; Randy Woodruff of Wisconsin; Jimmy Oliver of Virginia; Kyle Kirby of Missouri and water quality consultant Sally Shaver. NCGA staff serving the team and present for the meeting were Max Starbuck, Director of Production, Stewardship and Livestock; Rod Snyder, Director of Public Policy; and Mary Quigley, Administrative Assistant.