The United Soybean Board (USB) supported the development of this American Society of Agronomy webinar series and the Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Sustainability Specialty certification (SSp).
Who are the stakeholders in sustainability? What is necessary at the various scales and levels in the value chain to document sustainability? How can that be effectively communicated to consumers?
CCA/CPAg/SSp: 1.0 Sustainability
CPSS/CPSC: 1.0 Professional Meeting
Agriculture Strategy Manager
The Nature Conservancy
Randy has been the Great Lakes Agriculture Strategy Manager since joining The Nature Conservancy in 2013. At TNC, he works to scale-up conservation programs through the development of innovative finance mechanisms, and works with partners to test new conservation practices and delivery approaches. Prior to joining TNC, Randy worked for Ducks Unlimited for seven years at their offices in Bismarck, North Dakota and Memphis, Tennessee. At Ducks Unlimited, Randy primarily implemented environmental market opportunities for grassland conservation. Randy earned a B.A. in economics from Michigan State University and a M.S. in agricultural and resource economics from Oregon State University.
Project Manager Ecosystems Program
Envrionmental Defense Fund
Maggie Monast is a Project Manager at Environmental Defense Fund with expertise in the agriculture supply chain, crop and livestock operations, efficient fertilizer management, and economic incentives for environmental stewardship on working lands. Maggie’s work focuses on advancing solutions for the agricultural sector that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and nutrient losses to water while maintaining crop productivity and food security. As part of EDF’s sustainable grain sourcing initiative, Maggie manages EDF’s collaboration with Smithfield Foods, the largest pork producer in the world. The project with Smithfield is reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the company’s feed grain supply chain by increasing grain farmers’ adoption of fertilizer efficiency and soil health practices. Maggie also coordinates the Agricultural Input Management (AIM) Program, a farmer network that helps grain farmers in eastern North Carolina manage their fertilizer and water inputs efficiently in order reduce waste and pollution while maintaining or increasing crop yields. The AIM Program is a collaborative effort with NC State University, certified crop consultants, and other North Carolina agricultural organizations and agencies. Maggie received her Bachelor’s Degree from Tufts University and her Masters of Environmental Management Degree from Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment in 2011.
Regional Technology Development Lead
Andy was born and raised in central Illinois. Upon graduation from University of Illinois (BS Agronomy, 1998; MS Weed Science, 2000), he began his career in research and agronomy and worked for Golden Harvest and DuPont-Pioneer before joining Monsanto in 2005 as a Technology Development Representative. In his current role as a Regional Technology Development Lead for Monsanto, he is responsible for managing the pre-commercial product development research team in Illinois and Wisconsin. In addition to his role at Monsanto, Andy is the current chair of the International Certified Crop Adviser board and serves on the Illinois Nutrient Research and Education Council.
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January 12, 2016