Corteva’s 2021 Climate Positive program is a nomination-based farmer and rancher recognition program designed to uplift the voices of early adopter producers who are implementing, scaling and sharing climate positive practices. The program will give the winners a large megaphone to broadly share their experiences, advancing climate positive practices.
In its inaugural year, the program focused on growers in the USA, Canada1, Brazil, Argentina, Germany, France, Australia, and Kenya. Entrants were 21 years or over and implemented at least three climate positive practices on 10 percent of their operation. They must also have been conversant in English.
1 The Climate Positive Leaders Program was not available to farmers and ranchers in Quebec Province.
· Nutrient management
· Integrated crop and livestock operations
· Conservation tillage
· Cropping systems that support carbon capture (double cropping, cover crops, continuous cover)
· Soil amendments (examples: biochar, compost, clay, biologicals, etc.)
· Erosion control structures
· Direct air capture / other carbon capture technologies
· Grazing management
· Crop species diversity
· Other (with justification that the practice has climate positive impacts)
Nine winners will receive a lifetime membership in the Global Farmer Network, soil sampling, including carbon sequestration measurements and guidance from Dr. Rattan Lal at the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center at The Ohio State University. In addition, winners were provided with engagement with business, research, agronomy, and agriculture leaders along with the opportunity to share their practices and experience across a broad global platform. The seven runners up will receive soil sampling and guidance from Dr. Lal and his team.
Farmers and ranchers were nominated by their local or regional third-party partner. Nominations were accepted from grower groups, NGOs, universities, or other technical assistance providers. The nominating third-party partner must be aware of the grower’s operation and have seen the climate positive practices implemented. Visit https://www.corteva.com/sustainability/climatepositive/leaders-program.html to access more program information.
While the program was open to producers in Germany and France, this region suffered devastating floods and a spike in coronavirus infections during the nomination period. We strategically chose not to press nominating organizations during this time.
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