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SISC to Present at USDA Ag Outlook Forum

Staff, Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops


On February 24, 2011, Barbara Meister of SureHarvest will be giving a presentation on the Stewardship Index at USDA's Agriculture Outlook Forum: Today's Strategies and Tomorrow's Opportunities. The session, titled "Sustainability Partnerships: Standards, Metrics and Markets" will take place at 1:45. If you will be at the Forum, please stop by to learn more and show your support for the Stewardship Index.


Overview: "Sustainability Partnerships: Standards, Metrics & Markets"

U.S. agriculture and food system firms face unprecedented opportunities and challenges in meeting demands for sustainability. Conceptions of sustainable food systems continue to evolve and, worldwide, environmental, economic and social conditions vary widely. Yet, despite the uncertainty surrounding definitions, measurement and public policies related to sustainability, powerful forces are leading to innovative and dynamic partnerships for sustainability. This session will investigate how these partnerships can produce meaningful information upon which to base sustainability decisions throughout supply chains and to build and satisfy market demands for sustainable consumption and production.

Moderator: Carol Kramer-LeBlanc, Director of Sustainable Development, USDA, Washington, DC


  • Sustainability Information: Simon Liu, USDA National Agricultural Library, USDA, Beltsville, MD
  • Sustainability Index for Specialty Crops: Barbara Meister, Marketing & Communications Manager, SureHarvest, Soquel, CA
  • Walmart Sustainability: Building for the Next Generation: Beth Keck, Senior Director of Sustainability, Walmart, Bentonville, AR

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