- Melody Bomgardner
- May 25, 2019 by Chemical & Engineering News
Many farmers in the Midwest are experiencing difficulty in generating sufficient crop yields. These difficulties stem from the condensed time they have to accomplish tasks that are created from managing affects of climate change. Betsey Bowers, an agronomist with Ceres Solutions, visits several farmers to perform soil tests so growers can avoid spending time and money applying unneeded nutrients to their soils. Bowers helps farmers select strategies that will improve their return on investment and enhance stewardship of their land. That could mean applying nitrogen in new ways, reducing tillage, planting cover crops, or trying something new, such as a microbial soil enhancement product. This is the third season that Bowers has clients that are a part of a sustainable agriculture program. Company-linked agriculture sustainability programs have been sprouting up over the past few years, mainly in the US but also in Europe and China. Food brands such as Campbell, Kellogg, General Mills, and Mars Wrigley have sustainability targets and are using the initiatives to meet them.
Citation: Bomgardner, Melody. “The Newest Food Trend is in the Ground.” Chemical & Engineering News, 25 May 2019.