Why Row Crops Matter
Corn and soybeans are a vital input for an array of products in our modern food system, not the least of which is its use as feed for meat production. The U.S. produces around a third of the world’s corn and soybeans, and nearly 90 percent of that corn and 80 percent of soybeans comes from the Midwest, making the region a key node in the global food system.
However, with pressures from climate change, over the long-term crop yields are expected to decline from an increase in temperatures, extreme rain events, and incidents of drought. Along with issues of food security, farmer communities are sure to feel the impacts with forecasts showing real net farm income continuing to fall. Our members understand that the well-being of our farmers, the economy, and our global food and agricultural systems are inextricably bound together, and that strategic investments in rural communities and farm families support the stewardship of our soils and waters for future generations.
Increased adoption of regenerative farming practices provides us with an opportunity to dramatically improve soil health, strengthen climate resilience across the agricultural system, and improve water quality. In the long-term, advancing strategies like these can add stability to increasingly unpredictable growing conditions and support sustainable sourcing efforts for the crops we consume daily.
“As an agricultural and food company, Cargill sees the Midwest Row Crop Collaborative as a way to support and accelerate the adoption of existing conservation programs set up by farmers and work with customers and organizations that share sustainability goals with the agricultural community.”