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Food

Grassroots survey to measure on-farm stewardship practices and inform customers

In this Nov. 21, 2018, photo, Justin Roth holds a handful of soybeans at the Brooklyn Elevator in Brooklyn, Iowa. Farmers still working to get out their remaining corn and soybeans after a weather-plagued harvest season are also struggling to figure out what to do with the record soybean crop for which they have fewer customers willing to buy due to the ongoing tariff dispute. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
In this Nov. 21, 2018, photo, Justin Roth holds a handful of soybeans at the Brooklyn Elevator in Brooklyn, Iowa. Farmers still working to get out their remaining corn and soybeans after a weather-plagued harvest season are also struggling to figure out what to do with the record soybean crop for which they have fewer customers willing to buy due to the ongoing tariff dispute. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Customers who use soybeans are hungry for information about on-farm practices that demonstrate farm and environmental stewardship and natural resource protection.

However, information about on-farm practices can be elusive in a digital world. An innovative farm practice study will soon close the information gaps for people wanting facts about how farmers raise an abundant, safe and healthy feed and food supply.

The study by FieldRise is sponsored by the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff program and championed by several agricultural organizations. The group aims to learn sustainable practice adoption rates and give farmers personal feedback to help increase productivity, profitability and natural resource protection.

Cooperating organizations who are inviting farmers to join together include: American Farmland Trust, Association of Illinois Soil & Water Conservation Districts, Certified Crop Advisers, Illinois Corn Growers Association, CHS, the Conservation Technology Information Center, Illinois Nutrient Research & Education Council, and Illinois Soybean Association.

Farmers can expect to receive the survey in the coming days via email. To view the survey, visit portal.fieldrise.com/register/ISA. The first 250 farmers who complete the survey will receive a $50 gift card from Illinois Soybean Association.

The FieldRise survey was developed by farmers for farmers. It uses innovative analysis to shed more light on the many positive practices that drive farm sustainability and productivity.

For more information on the Illinois Soybean Association, visit ilsoy.org. For more information on FieldRise, visit fieldrise.com.

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