WASHINGTON, DC, JULY 14, 2015 — The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives announced today that it has joined Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, a multi-stakeholder initiative working to unite the agricultural supply chain in defining, measuring and advancing the sustainability of food, fiber and fuel production.
“Sustainability is an emerging priority for farmer cooperatives as we work to demonstrate how the U.S. agriculture industry is improving against key environmental goals and accelerate the pace of progress,” said Charles Conner, president and CEO of NCFC. “By joining Field to Market, we aim to provide tangible solutions to help co-ops respond to consumer and supply chain demands in areas such as sustainability, social responsibility and transparency.”
Working together with grower organizations, academia, conservation groups, public sector partners and leading companies, NCFC will help to catalyze opportunities for continuous improvement in productivity, environmental quality and human well-being across the agricultural value chain.
“Farmer cooperatives play a vital role in the food and agriculture sector and are a critical partner in advancing sustainability at the landscape level,” said Rod Snyder, president of Field to Market. “We are pleased to welcome NCFC to Field to Market and look forward to developing strategies for how co-ops can partner with the agricultural supply chain to help farmers improve their productivity, profitability and environmental outcomes.”
NCFC is a national association representing America’s farmer cooperatives. There are nearly 3,000 farmer cooperatives across the U.S. whose members include a majority of our nation’s more than 2 million farmers, ranchers and growers. These farmer cooperative businesses handle, process, and market agricultural commodities and related products; furnish farm supplies; and provide credit and associated financial services. Earnings from these activities are returned to their members on a patronage basis. Farmer cooperatives also provide jobs for nearly 250,000 Americans, many in rural areas, with a combined payroll of over $8 billion. Additional information about NCFC can be found at www.ncfc.org.
About Field to Market
Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture brings together a diverse group of grower organizations; agribusinesses; food, beverage, restaurant and retail companies; conservation groups; universities and public sector partners to focus on defining, measuring and advancing the sustainability of food, fiber and fuel production. Field to Market is comprised of more than 70 members representing all facets of the U.S. agricultural supply chain, with member companies employing more than 3.9 million people and representing combined revenues totaling over $1.3 trillion. For more information, visit www.fieldtomarket.org and follow us on Twitter attwitter.com/FieldtoMarket.