EnhancingSustainableSupplyChains
 

Enhancing Sustainable Supply Chains in Illinois and Indiana

 

CTIC is working with local soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs) and local partners to increase the adoption of conservation systems and improved water quality in two watersheds: the Big Pine Creek Watershed in northwest Indiana and the Upper Vermilion Watershed in east-central Illinois.

Here's what we've been working on:

  • Engaging growers in the project steering committee.
     
  • Enrolling growers in the Fieldprint Calculator to engage them in continuous improvement activities.
     
  • Pairing growers with local conservation agency staff through consultations that will explain Fieldprint Calculator outputs, highlighting potential areas of resource efficiency for each individual grower.
     
  • Developing  farm-specific conservation strategies to encourage the use of practices and conservation systems that highlight on-farm nutrient stewardship, promote soil health, and encourage continuous improvement.
     
  • Facilitating grower enrollment in conservation programs by providing them with information on funding sources that could support the practices and conservation systems recommended in their farm-specific conservation strategies.
     
  • Encouraging growers to work with their ag retailers/CCA/trusted advisors to implement their conservation strategies and prioritize conservation practices and systems to maximize the return on investments in conservation.
     
  • Compiling grower results from the Fieldprint Calculator and provide lessons learned in reports to USB, Field to Market, and a larger audience. 
     
  • Sharing results with soybean growers, Field to Market Alliance members, and a broad audience through CTIC news releases, website, and partner communication channels.

 

What is the Fieldprint®Calculator?
 
The Calculator is a free and confidential tool developed for corn, cotton, rice, wheat, potato and soybean growers. It allows growers to better understand and communicate how management choices affect overall sustainability performance and operational efficiency.
 
The Calculator estimates field level performance on the following sustainability indicators:
  • Conservation
  • Energy Use
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Irrigation Water Use
  • Land Use
  • Soil Carbon
  • Water Quality
 
 
 
This project is brought to you by your soy checkoff. 
 
Our project was made possible by the United Soybean Board.
 
 

Project Partners
  • Benton County SWCD
  • Big Pine Steering Committee
  • CERES Solutions, LLP
  • Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture
  • Illinois Soybean Association
  • Indiana Corn Marketing Board
  • Indiana Soybean Alliance
  • Livingston County SWCD
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • The Fertilizer Institute
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • United Soybean Board
  • Upper Vermilion Steering Committee
  • United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Warren County SWCD
  • White County SWCD
  • Winfield/Land O'Lakes, INC