Sustainable Practices to Preserve the Land
The theme of this year’s Soil and Water Conservation Society conference — which took place from August 6 to 9 in Des Moines, Iowa — was, “Healthy Land, Clean Water: Cultivating a Legacy of Conservation.”
Syngenta proudly sponsors the conference each year, sharing the belief that the key to sustainable farming is building partnerships, initiatives and practices that encourage the local ecosystems and hardy working lands.
To us, healthy land is both productive and resilient. To ensure that our soil and water remain healthy for the next generation, we continue identifying solutions that help growers retain, or even exceed, current yields.
Farmers already have a heavy load on their shoulders. They’re the backbone of our food production system and the lifeline of our society. Among the many challenges they face is preserving and revitalizing the country’s land and waterways. Sustainable farming practices ensure future generations continue producing food for tables around the world.
Dayna Gross, manager of programs and partnerships for North America Sustainability at Syngenta, pairs her passion for sustainable agriculture and environmental conservation with decades of experience. “To us, healthy land is both productive and resilient,” she says. “To ensure that our soil and water remain healthy for the next generation, we continue identifying solutions that help growers retain, or even exceed, current yields.”
Sustainable practices help keep farmers profitable while meeting society’s needs.
“In my role, I have a front row seat to see how Syngenta puts the ideals of preserving the environment into practice,” Gross says. This includes supporting a Pheasants Forever program incentivizing growers to convert portions of land into habitats for birds and pollinators. “We’ve used a similar concept for other projects and partnered with the J.R. Simplot Company to turn marginal acres into beneficial insect habitats near potato fields,” Gross says. “And, in collaboration with the Sand County Foundation, we support a conservation payment program that helps growers improve the water quality within their watershed.”
To learn more about conversation practices and partnerships, and to access educational resources, please visit www.BeeHealth.org.
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