Wednesday, March 24, 2010
New Online Calculator Helps Growers Analyze Natural Resource Use
Farmers will now be able to analyze their natural resource use and key crop production inputs using a new online tool introduced by Field to Market, The Keystone Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture.
The Fieldprint Calculator is a free, confidential online tool developed with input from a diverse group of grower organizations, agribusinesses, food companies, economists and conservation groups, to help farmers evaluate natural resource use on their operation compared to industry averages. These measures could help improve production efficiencies and profit potential. The calculator will be available at http://www.fieldtomarket.org/ beginning March 15 for grower testing and feedback.
The new data-driven calculator illustrates the connection between resource and economic sustainability, so growers can more easily see how their choices impact natural resources, production levels and ultimately the efficiency of their operation.
Farmers strive to be good stewards of the land. Sustainable agriculture must make sense economically as well as environmentally or it’s not sustainable. This calculator will help farmers understand how being sustainable on the farm today, while providing insight for future improvements that can benefit the environment and their bottom line.