Working Together Toward Common Goals
The Midwest Row Crop Collaborative’s innovative approach and impact stems from its representation from across the agricultural system’s value chain. Members are uniquely well-equipped to respond to systemic challenges by identifying barriers to change and developing collaborative solutions through diverse partnerships and projects. This is achieved through a structure and operating principles enabling members to bring their strongest assets to bear on complex systemic challenges through shared purpose and trusted relationships.
The urgent environmental, social, and economic challenges facing our current row crop agriculture system in the U.S. are complex and interrelated, and cannot be solved in isolation. The Midwest Row Crop Collaborative was founded on the belief that a systems change approach is the only way to achieve the transformation needed at scale. To do this, our members work together within five key pathways, designing and implementing projects and sharing insights from what they learn.
Members take advantage of regular opportunities for an insider’s view into fellow member organizations’ approaches and use the space for ideation and problem-solving with their peers. The convenings are used to identify the practices, strategies, and best-suited partners to incorporate into their sustainability portfolios to help accelerate their progress on climate and environmental goals. These robust exchanges also provide members with the ability to leverage the breadth of expertise and sustainability offerings within MRCC’s membership to uncover crucial gaps and opportunities for efforts to be most impactful.
Since 2019, Environmental Initiative has served as the administrator for the Midwest Row Crop Collaborative, bringing with it decades of experience developing powerful partnerships between business and environmental interests, and a focus on integrating impacted communities into solution-building. Environmental Initiative is proud to provide responsive management and leadership that supports the Midwest Row Crop Collaborative in achieving its ambitious mission.