TruTerra, The Mill and EDF Maryland and Pennsylvania Wheat Project

The goal of the partnership between The Mill, Truterra, and the Environmental Defense Fund is to advance sustainable agricultural practices in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Manufacturing facilities in Denver, PA; Downingtown, PA; and Hanover, PA, are located in the critically impaired Chesapeake Bay area and source wheat from growers in this geography. The project intent in 2018 was to pilot a public-private, and the intent is to deliver access to stewardship insights and improvement opportunities to growers. There were no specific improvement targets, rather the focus is to show continuous improvement year-over-year.  Seven KPIs are used to demonstrate year-over-year improvement including: Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Nitrogen Use Efficiency, Soil Quality Trends, Wind Erosion, Sheet and Rill Erosion, Conservation Practices Deployed and Truterra™ Insights Score.

 

The 2018 baseline metrics on 10,000 acres in Maryland and Pennsylvania were shared with project partners in Q2 2019.  Year-over-year changes in KPIs and conservation practice adoption were tracked and reported in Q2 2020.

Active
Innovation

Participants

Sponsors
Land O'Lakes, Inc. Truterra, LLC
Environmental Defense Fund
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
National Association of Conservation Districts
Pheasants Forever

Project Details

Status
Active
Pathway
Innovation
Metric
Biodiversity
Energy Use
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Land Use
Soil Carbon
Soil Conservation
Water Quality
Crops
Wheat (winter)
Natural Resource Concern
Climate Change
Ecosystem Conservation
Soil Health
Water Quality
Water Scarcity
Geography
Maryland
Pennsylvania

Contact

Primary
Jason Weller
Land O'Lakes, Inc. Truterra, LLC
Agribusiness