Soil Health Partnership gained nine new influential partners and a $4 million boost in funding today… not too shabby.
The industry-leading companies and environmental organizations announced the launch of Midwest Row Crop Collaborative Tuesday at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa. Cargill, the Environmental Defense Fund, General Mills, Kellogg Company, Monsanto, PepsiCo, The Nature Conservancy, Wal-Mart, and the World Wildlife Fund are the founding members of the organization.
The overall shared goal between the members and Soil Health — a 45 percent nutrient loss reduction by 2035 across the Upper Mississippi River Basin, primarily nitrogen and phosphorus.
The Collaborative plans to raise $4 million over five years to support the foundation that Soil Health Partnership has already established through the National Corn Growers Association. More than 65 farm sites in nine Midwest states are already enrolled in the program and the alliance hopes to reach their goal of 100 farms two years earlier now with the additional funding.