Press Release •  2021-04-08

Corteva Agriscience 2021 Climate Positive Leaders Program Open for Nominations

Organizations Encouraged to Recognize Climate Positive Early Adopter Farmers and Ranchers.

Calgary, Alberta – April 8, 2021 – Corteva Agriscience Canada has announced its 2021 Climate Positive Leaders Program is now open for nominations, recognizing early adopter farmers and ranchers around the world who have successfully implemented climate positive agriculture practices such as carbon sequestration.

Nominations from third-party organizations in Canada are eligible, including grower groups, nonprofits, universities, or other technology assistance partners, rewarding leading farmers with resources including soil sampling and agronomy support to continue their climate positive practices. The program reflects Corteva’s 2030 Sustainability Goals and is a component of its accelerated focus toward achieving climate positive agriculture. Visit https://www.corteva.com/sustainability/climatepositive/leaders-program.html for more details.

“Farmers are the best stewards of their land, and through the Climate Positive Leaders program, we look forward to recognizing and rewarding Canadian farmers and ranchers who are implementing sustainable agricultural practices,” said Bryce Eger, President, Corteva Agriscience Canada.

In its inaugural year, the program is available to farmers and ranchers in the USA, Canada1, Brazil, Argentina, France, Germany, Australia and Kenya. Ten winners will receive a lifetime membership in the Global Farmer Network, soil sampling including carbon sequestration measurements and guidance from Dr. Ratan Lal at the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center, The Ohio State University, as well as engagement with business, research, agronomy, and agriculture leaders along with the opportunity to share their practices and experience across a broad global platform. Twelve runners up will receive soil sampling and guidance from Dr. Lal and his team. Applicants must be conversant in English in order to benefit from the program resources.

Recognizing that each acre is unique, at least three of the following climate positive practices must be implemented on 10 percent of the operation:

  • Nutrient management
  • Integrated crop and livestock operations
  • Conservation tillage
  • Cropping systems that support carbon capture (double cropping, cover crops, continuous cover)
  • Soil amendments (examples: biochar, compost, clay, biologicals, etc.)
  • Erosion control structures
  • Buffers
  • Bioreactors
  • Terraces/waterways
  • Irrigation
  • Direct air capture / other carbon capture technologies
  • Grazing management
  • Crop species diversity
  • Other (with justification that the practice has Climate Positive impacts)

Local nominating organizations will work with their candidate farmer or rancher to complete the application. Nominating third party partners must be aware of the grower’s operation and have seen the climate positive practices implemented. A panel of judges will review the applications, with winners and runners-up announced later this year.

About Corteva Agriscience

Corteva Agriscience is a publicly traded, global pure-play agriculture company that provides farmers around the world with the most complete portfolio in the industry - including a balanced and diverse mix of seed, crop protection and digital solutions focused on maximizing productivity to enhance yield and profitability. With some of the most recognized brands in agriculture and an industry-leading product and technology pipeline well positioned to drive growth, the company is committed to working with stakeholders throughout the food system as it fulfills its promise to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. Corteva Agriscience became an independent public company on June 1, 2019 and was previously the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. More information can be found at www.corteva.ca.  

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1The Climate Positive Leaders Program is not available to farmers and ranchers in Quebec Province.