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Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops and Field to Market Agree to Explore Opportunities for Collaboration

SISC Staff

The Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops continues to seek opportunities to collaborate with other agricultural sustainability initiatives in an effort to maximize our collective impact and accelerate improvements in productivity, environmental quality, and human well-being. As we face a growing world population and limited natural resources, the entire agricultural supply chain must work together to do more with less.

In response to this need, Field to Market and the Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops (SISC) have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore opportunities for harmonization and alignment between the respective programs.

Both organizations fundamentally believe in the use of metrics as a strategy for better management at a field scale by facilitating continuous improvement on the ground in key sustainability outcomes. Furthermore, both organizations are committed to creating a common framework for supply chain sustainability efforts in the United States.

Field to Market and SISC have agreed to seek opportunities to improve the experience for growers and supply chain partners by considering the possibility of seamless data collection, aggregation, and reporting for specialty and commodity crop production. The opportunities for potential collaboration outlined in the agreement focus on exploring how both organizations could potentially harmonize or align metrics; collaborate to bring common technology and data collection solutions; share common verification protocols; and align in governance.