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Gleason of the Iowa Corn Growers Association agreed: "Economics is an important leg of sustainability and greatly influences how these risks are managed. However, economics seem to be ignored by this report."
Giant food companies are beginning to ask farmers to adopt growing practices that reduce fertilizer use and better protect soil and water, said Ceres, a nonprofit group of investors, businesses and others that support sustainable business practices.
Coca Cola, General Mills and Unilever have set goals to sustainably source all of their priority ingredients such as corn and sugar beets by 2020.
The report said corn producers face risks from climate change, unsustainable water use and "inefficient and damaging fertilizer practices." That threatens the companies that rely on them.
The stakes are huge for Iowa, the nation's largest corn producer. The value of the crop last year was about $10 billion.
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Lois Wright Morton, director of an ISU project looking at climate and corn sustainability, said it will be important for corporations with sustainability goals to share the cost of adopting more conservation practices.
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Leaders said many growers are already adopting conservation practices such as extended crop rotations, cover crops and the development of buffer strips and efforts are growing.
Ben Gleason, sustainable program manager for Iowa Corn Growers Association, said producers have been concerned with weather, water use and fertilizer management since "they first started planting. . economy from Deere Co. and DuPont Pioneer to Cargill, Tyson, Wal Mart and McDonald's. For example, the top 45 companies in the "corn value chain" earned $1.7 trillion in revenue in 2013, the report said.
"We depend on agriculture and Mother Nature to run our business. As that starts to break down, our business becomes either very expensive or it could become nonviable," he said.
struggling with reduced commodity prices and high costs for land and other inputs. "We have to talk about who picks up the costs," she said.
More companies are expected to follow, said Brooke Barton, who directs Ceres' water program. The report asks retailers, food processors and feed companies to set sustainability goals and push farmers to meet them.
Bruce Babcock, an Iowa State University economics professor, said it will be extremely difficult for corporations to determine whether the corn they're using Adidas Long Sleeve Soccer Jersey
General Mills and Coca Cola officials said the companies don't have immediate plans to provide farmers with premiums for their work, adding that sustainability measures often can reduce the costs such as cutting nitrogen use while maintaining or improving yields.
"Sustainability in agriculture is really important to us, as we think about production in the future and having to feed 9 billion to 10 billion people, and doing so on a finite planet with natural resources under a lot of constraints," said Jerry Lynch, General Mills' sustainability officer.
"Corn producers are already making tremendous improvements," said Grant Menke, a policy director at the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. Ethanol is a large corn user. "We're not saying we've arrived . but there are initiatives that only will provide greater improvements in the years to come," such as the state's nutrient reduction strategy.
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Bret Pierce harvests corn in one of his fields northeast of Jamaica, Ia., last fall. industry Wednesday.
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The Ceres report also asks that companies be prepared to partner with growers and "provide real value and incentives for growers to make changes," the report said.
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