Creating Our Roadmap to Land Stewardship
The two million-acre target represents enough land to grow corn to feed Tyson Foods’ current annual broiler chicken production in the U.S., as well as some of the pigs and cattle the company currently buys from independent farmers and ranchers.
To meet this ambitious goal, members of our Sustainable Food Strategy, Environmental Services, and Commodity Purchasing teams sponsored a Nutrient Management Summit over the summer. The summit was held at the Don Tyson Learning Center and included more than 30 leaders of the corn supply chain, including professors from three major universities, representatives of the grain and animal agriculture commodity groups, seed and fertilizer dealers, the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Nature Conservancy.
These leaders, along with our internal subject matter experts, will be instrumental in helping us design a program to encourage corn farmers to adopt enhanced on-farm conservation through more efficient fertilizer use and additional measures to reduce soil loss. In fact, we had two productive days of great conversations, learned about new technologies, and started the roadmap to meeting our 2020 Land Stewardship target. We’re excited to test several programs and share our progress!
Published October 2, 2018.
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