GROWMARK Endure 2020 Report - Page 9

Helping and recognizing retail divisions and FS member cooperatives and their customers for their efforts in sustainability. GROWMARK through its retail divisions and member cooperatives works closely with farmers to encourage them to adopt and adapt practices that ultimately help them be profitable. GROWMARK has created digital tools to give farmers a better understanding of cropping practices and help them improve their management systems. New in 2019, AgValidity is a collaboration between GROWMARK, technology companies, and FS cooperatives and our retail divisions. In this program, new and cutting-edge agronomic tools are evaluated through on-farm testing, helping farmers use data to be more efficient and more profitable. The MiField program relies on applied research to deliver analytics from individual fields. The data is used to develop fertility plans focused on minimizing environmental impact, optimizing nutrient utilization, and maximizing harvest yield. The Enduring Farms program recognizes farms that implement practices and make commitments to preserve and improve their land and natural resources for future generations. Since its inception, more than 150 farms have been recognized. Precision Ag Acres & FS AIS. Approximately 14 million acres use some precision ag tool. Nine million acres are enrolled in FS AIS, a tool to help farmers specifically address challenges of providing optimum fertility on the diverse soils throughout our market area. FS member cooperatives and our retail divisions are taking are taking the “Stewardship Pledge”– a promise to everyone in the agriculture industry, their communities, and families to promote and recommend products and practices that highlight our commitment to Sustainable Best Management Practices. As the larva becomes a pupa, things really begin to happen – hidden from sight under the wax cappings. The sustainable efforts of GROWMARK are not unlike this transformation as we uncover ways to encourage, then recognize, the stewardship actions of our employees. GROWMARK goes to great lengths to help farmers make the most sustainable use of their land with agronomic-specific apps. Environmental Economic Social 9