The partnership will focus on maximising farmer profitability and meet Tyson Foods’ land stewardship target to improve environmental practices for working farmers.
The pilot will use agricultural technologies such as MyFarms and Farmers’ Business Network, both of which collect information on agricultural production practices while protecting data privacy.
Tyson said the technologies would work to enrol farmers to find new ways to commit to sustainable agriculture.
Farmers enrolled in MyFarms will also have the opportunity to pilot a new scientific method, based on extensive scientific research compiled by EDF, for calculating nitrogen loss. Tyson added that excessive nitrogen application is a primary water quality concern and contributes to agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, as well as a source of lost income for farmers.
Tyson Foods’ chief sustainability officer Justin Whitmore said developing a sustainable food system was important to the business and the planet.
“Joining forces with EDF enables us to bring together the best of our joint expertise in supply chains and sustainable agriculture, and deliver value to growers, businesses and the environment,” said Whitmore.
Meanwhile, EDF director of the supply chain program Jenny Ahlen said the partnership could be potentially a “game changer” for the viability of farming practices.
“We’re using scientific analysis to measure the benefits of sustainable farming practices, help companies like Tyson evaluate the impact of their sustainability initiatives, and inspire transparency across the supply chain,” said Ahlen.