U.S. Farmers and Ranchers in Action shared an update on Decade of Ag, the first sector-wide movement to align to a shared vision for the next decade centered around investing in the next generation of agricultural systems, restoring the environment and regenerating natural resources, on National Agriculture Day.
More than 30 companies, boards and non-governmental organizations have unified to endorse the 10-year vision.
"These leaders are stepping up in action to collaborate for meaningful impact," said USFRA CEO Erin Fitzgerald. "They're leaning in to build the future of agriculture. And when we're grounded in a shared vision of what a decade of success looks like, we're able to go further and faster together."
Leaders supporting and endorsing the vision include the following across the value chain:
- Organizations representing farmers and ranchers: Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative, Native American Agriculture Fund, National Association of Wheat Growers, United Sorghum Checkoff Program, American Egg Board, Manna Fish Farms, American Sugarbeet Growers Association, Dairy West, Maryland Grain Producers, Pennsylvania Soybean Board, Montana Farm Bureau, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation and Maryland Soybean Board
- Agribusiness: Corteva Agriscience, Bayer, Cargill and EcoGem LLC
- Renewable energy: POET and Jordan Energy & Food Enterprises
- Consumer products and foodservice companies: Conagra Brands, Nestlé USA and Danone North America
- NGOs: Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research, The Aspen Institute, The Nature Conservancy and Texas Agricultural Land Trust
- Consulting, marketing and media: Bader Rutter, Supermarket Guru, CLUTCH and Sustainable Environmental Consultants
By endorsing the Decade of Ag vision, these leaders have acknowledged that while many of them have made individual commitments related to sustainability and climate change, they now share with many others a ten-year vision of success, and they're committed to collaborating across the value chain to co-create solutions.
The Decade of Ag vision was a two-year process finalized at USFRA's annual Honor the Harvest Forum in the fall of 2020, which was co-hosted by the Aspen Institute, with active participation from more than 200 farmer, rancher, food, agriculture, finance, science and technology leaders.
"Farmers and ranchers are always looking for continuous improvement as we work alongside nature," said Anne Meis, USFRA chair and a farmer from Elgin, Neb. "Science and data can assist us, so we can fulfill the potential to provide climate solutions we are all looking for. Now is the time for agriculture to join with the entire food system to step up with bold action and authentic collaboration."