The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol will conduct a series of live webinar sessions that will focus on the need and importance for substantial producer participation in this new voluntary sustainability initiative and demonstrate a step-by-step process on how producers can quickly and easily enroll in the program.
The free webinars are being offered to gins/cooperatives on September 22, 23, 24 and 25; and to cotton producers on September 29 and 30; on October 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15; and on November 12 and December 10. All sessions begin at 8 a.m. CST.
Some 300 U.S. cotton producers participated in a Trust Protocol pilot and now producer enrollment is underway across the Cotton Belt. The NCC is optimistic that 500-750 producers will be enrolled by December 2020 – with the aim of bringing more than half of all U.S. cotton production into the Trust Protocol by 2025. Reaching this goal will help ensure the future of U.S. cotton by helping producers tell their sustainability story and ultimately assure brands/retailers that they can purchase U.S. cotton with even greater confidence, knowing that it is grown more sustainably and verified by third-party audit.
Basically, Trust Protocol producer enrollees will complete a self-assessment of their farming practices via a questionnaire and their field data is shared through Field to Market’s Fieldprint Platform. Control Union Certifications North America verifies the Trust Protocol annual data that will highlight the sustainability metrics – land use, soil carbon, water management, soil loss, greenhouse gas emissions and energy efficiency.
More information regarding the Trust Protocol, including a question/answer, testimonials and the enrollment process can be found here.