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Press Release: SISC Announces Supply Chain Design Project

SISC Staff

The Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops Launches Collaborative Project to Model Best Practices for Collecting, Sharing, and Comparing Sustainability Data Across Supply Chains

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – May 7, 2015 – Across the entire specialty crop supply chain food and farming businesses want to better understand their supply chains, mitigate risk, and improve the resilience of natural systems. Understanding and communicating this new information across the supply chain necessitates a new supply chain protocol, one that supports the ease of collection, sharing and comparing on-farm performance metric information. Today, The Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops (SISC) is proud to announce a new Supply Chain Stewardship Design Project that aims to create just such a recommended protocol.

SISC is spearheading the project to redesign supply chains so that they are better able to capture, communicate, and share the value of on-farm performance metrics. The goal of the project is to develop a framework for supply chain systems to easily share performance metric data and continually improve sustainable stewardship and natural resource conservation by all scales of agriculture.

This multi-stakeholder project will identify and model the best practices for how to collect, share, understand, and compare the data from on-farm performance metrics. SISC will bring the entire supply chain to the table to do this important work - so that the model created is both informed by, and valuable to, each node of the supply chain as well as the chain as a whole. Project participants include: Church Brothers Produce, Taylor Farms, D’Arrigo Brothers Produce, Western Growers Association, PRO*ACT, Compass Group, Raley’s, NRDC, The Sustainability Consortium, Sustainable Conservation, NRCS and Central Coast RCD’s.

“This project is a very real collaboration with growers and buyers on developing the best practices for use of sustainability performance data.  Together we are coming up with guidelines for how to use this data with integrity and in ways that work for everyone along the entire supply chain.  As a buyer, I am thankful for having a process, and usage guidelines, that are so directly informed by the growers themselves." Jason Dye, project participant and Senior Manager Foodbuy/Compass Group.

Focused on the specialty crop supply chain, the project will work with lettuce growers on the Central Coast of CA over the 2015-16 growing seasons.  The project is funded by a USDA NRCS California Conservation Innovation grant and aims to have a model illustrating best practices for collecting, sharing, comparing and using performance metric data across supply chains available to the food industry in the fall of 2016.


About The Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops The Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops (SISC) is a coalition of producers, buyers, and public interest groups who are collaborating to develop and share metrics that all parties agree are the most important indicators of agricultural stewardship. SISC aims to advance both optimal production and strong environmental protection by offering a suite of science-driven metrics empowering producers to measure on-farm practices (i.e. water use, nitrogen use, etc.) accurately and consistently. Metric data give producers, food buyers, and consumers a common language for discussing the impact of farming practices – and the meaningful stewardship activities of U.S. farmers. For more information, visit

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