Environmental Defense Fund and National Corn Growers Association Announce Partnership

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) have announced a first-of-its-kind partnership between an environmental organization and commodity crop association. The partnership aims to address improving environmental outcomes while optimizing productivity and profitability. It will work on improving tracking of water quality, soil health, and greenhouse gas emissions, and scale user-friendly technology solutions for data reporting and analysis. The partnership will also address on-farm engagement to increase farmer and agronomist knowledge about innovative conservation tools and practices, as well as policy advocacy to support voluntary, incentive-based conservation programs with measurable environmental outcomes. Other areas of interest include finance and economics, to explore and grow opportunities for farmers to benefit economically from conservation practices such as cover crops and conservation tillage. The partnership will also be involved in outreach and communications to build bridges between farmers and consumers.