Cargill Teams Up to Improve Water Sustainability in Beef Supply Chain

By |2019-06-12T09:43:36-04:00June 29th, 2018|FFA New Horizons, Foundation, Plant Systems, Technology, The Feed|

Cargill is a proud sponsor of the National FFA Foundation.

Increasing awareness of the global and technological importance of agriculture and its contribution to our well-being is essential to FFA’s mission. At Cargill, where we are committed to helping the world thrive, those things are important to us, too. We are continuously working alongside key partners and influencers across our supply chains to improve water sustainability in agriculture. In 2050, there will be more than 9 billion people in the world, and we believe agriculture can meet the rising demand for food. We partner with farmers to advance entrepreneurial solutions to increase productivity and incomes, promote sustainable agriculture and strengthen communities.

More than 50 percent of water used in U.S. beef production is dedicated to irrigating the row crops that have become feed for cattle. Cargill recently launched a project with The Nature Conservancy and Nestlé Purina, aimed at reducing the environmental impact of row crop irrigation in Nebraska by providing farmers across the U.S. with a cost-effective technology solution and training. Using first-of-its-kind smart weather sensors created by Arable Tech Labs, Inc., the program can help save up to 2.4 billion gallons of irrigation water over the next three years, which in turn, reduces water usage in the overall beef supply chain.

2.4 billion gallons of water is equal to the amount of water 7,200 houses will use over three years.

This project enables farmers to make more informed irrigation decisions. Participants of the program will attach Arable crop and weather sensors to the tops of 13-foot poles and place them in the middle of their crop fields. These sensors will collect hourly measurements on crop health and climate, providing real-time field conditions. There will also