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SureHarvest provides Sustainable Sourcing, Sustainability Programs & Diffusion of Innovation, Certification Management, Verification Services, Compliance Management, and Farming Information Management solutions to drive sustainable value creation in the Food and Ag value chain. Clients span the Food and Ag value chain and benefit from SureHarvest’s market-leading sustainability expertise and experience working with growers, packer/shippers, food companies, wineries, distributors, and their trade associations.
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Clients and SureHarvest News
Almond Board Working Toward Next-Generation Sustainability Solutions
Growing Produce, February 10, 2016
Consumers are taking a greater interest in understanding how and where their food is grown. As a result, the Almond Board of California has launched a task force to create and foster initiatives that will prepare the almond industry for a more sustainable future. Richard Waycott, Almond Board president and CEO, says the effort to create the Accelerated Innovation Management (AIM) program started a little over a year ago. “It came out of the realization that California agriculture is really passing through a threshold from where it’s been to where it’s going, and certain fundamental changes are occurring. Also, resources are being stretched like never before,” he says. Click here to read the full article.
Greener Fields Together Winter 2016 Newsletter
At Greener Fields Together we work with our business partners – starting where they are today – to help them evolve into more sustainable companies. We do it through sustainability assessments, regular third-party audits, and resource sharing, to track, measure and encourage ongoing improvements. We support and celebrate partners’ efforts to operate more sustainably. Our newsletter is an extension of this celebration; bringing you valuable information on agriculture and our proud partners so you too can be part of our journey toward advancing sustainability seed to fork. Click here to read the full newsletter.
Accurate Nitrogen Budgeting Important for Almonds
Exclusive to Western Farm Press
"With almond bloom under way, almond growers should remember to utilize the nitrogen budgeting tool available at www.almonds.com/NitrogenBudgeting when making their plans." Click here to read the full article.
CSWA 2015 Report Shows Wide Adoption of Sustainable Winegrowing Practices in California
January 27, 2016 Press Release
SAN FRANCISCO – The 2015 California Wine Community Sustainability Report released today by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) shows broad participation in its Sustainable Winegrowing Program (SWP) and wide adoption and implementation of sustainable practices in vineyards and wineries around the state. The Report also shows growing participation in Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing, a program providing third-party verification of sustainability practices. Since CSWA was founded in 2002, 2,091 California vineyard and winery organizations have participated in the SWP Self-Assessment Program. These organizations represent over 421,000 acres, 69% of California’s winegrape acreage, and more than 212 million cases, 79% of cases produced in the state. CSWA has held 550 workshops to provide information and guidance for implementing sustainable practices attended by nearly 14,000 representatives of winery and vineyard operations of all sizes.“As the world’s fourth largest wine producer, California has one of the most comprehensive and widely adopted sustainability programs of its kind. The high percentage of adoption of sustainable practices reflects the commitment of the industry to continuously improve,” said Allison Jordan, CSWA Executive Director. Click here to read the full press release.
CCFC to Launch BloomCheck
Floral Marketing, November 24, 2015
After concluding a successful pilot project of three farms, the California Cut Flower Commission’s official third-party-certified sustainability certification program, BloomCheck, is ready to launch, according to a news release. The program is the result of a comprehensive study and two-year Specialty Crop Block Grant that was initiated to help better position California’s flower farming practices as the sustainability standard of choice for consumers and the industry. “Consumers across our country understand the high standards and the strict oversight that is involved with growing anything in California,” said CCFC Chief Executive Officer Kasey Cronquist in the release. “BloomCheck was developed to make sure our farms were provided with the credit they deserve for the work they do to meet and exceed the high bar involved with growing flowers in California.” Click here to read the full article. Click here to go to the BloomCheck website.
SureHarvest leads sustainability training session hosted by Sunny Valley
Glassboro, NJ (February 26, 2015)
NJ-based Sunny Valley International hosted a sustainability training session Feb. 20 in conjuntion with the Jersey Fruit Cooperative Association for New Jersey stone fruit and blueberry growers. Click here to read the entire article.
Three new clients implement sustainability performance management systems with SureHarvest
SOQUEL, CA (October 28, 2014)
SureHarvest announced that it is rolling out sustainability performance management software with three new clients–produce supply chain management company PRO*ACT, the California Cut Flower Commission and the Oregon Hazelnut Marketing Board. These organizations are deploying SMIS, SureHarvest’s secure online sustainability performance management platform.“We’re honored to partner with these progressive organizations to implement the SMIS platform, which will empower them to manage and grow their industry-leading sustainability programs”, says Dr. Jeff Dlott, SureHarvest CEO. Click here to read the entire press release.
Project seeks to demonstrate public goods, private benefits with performance metrics across the leafy green supply chain
Grant focuses on leafy greens best practices (October 23, 2014)
SureHarvest is partnering with the Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops (SISC) on a two-year project that will bring participants in the fruit and vegetable supply chain together to determine best practices for sharing of performance metrics related to input use. Alison Edwards, project director for SISC, said the group recently won a California State Conservation Innovation Grant for the project. “The idea behind the project will be to design a model for the best use of performance metrics throughout the supply chain,” she said. Click here to read The Packer article.
Bringing biochar back to agricluture
Producing biochar - a fine-grained, charcoal-like material ideal as a soil amendment - is a 2,000-year-old practice. Biochar can be found in soils throughout the world as a result of vegetation fires and historic soil-management practices. And this ancient amendment is amassing fans across the globe thanks to its impressive list of soil and atmospheric benefits. Click here to learn more about biochar's use in agriculture.
Join Dr. Cliff Ohmart at Specialty Crop School July 15 - 17
SureHarvest's Dr. Cliff Ohmart, VP of Professional Services, will speak Tuesday July 15 at the San Joaquin Valley 2014 Specialty Crop School. Dr. Ohmart's presentation will explore the relationship between sustainable, organic, and conventional agriculture. The SJV 2014 Specialty Crop School takes place July 15 - 17th in Visalia, CA. Click here to learn more about attending.
America's 'first' pear, the Bartlett, touts sustainable appeal
America's 'first pear', the Bartlett, to begin harvest July 7 (June 26, 2014)
The first Bartlett pears of the season are set to harvest in California July 7. “California Bartletts provide consumers with an heirloom experience because this is the same product people can find in their local farmers market. They have been sustainably-grown for over 100 years by smaller, family farmers who are trusted and safe,” said Chris Zanobini. Click here to read full article.
California Almond Sustainability Program (CASP) highlighted in Turlock Journal
Farming smarter with less water (June 24, 2014)
“Once you start understanding what sustainability means, you think more about it. It encompasses everything in your business — your employees’ well being, the wellbeing of the environment—it all revolves around sustainability,” said Dirkse.SureHarvest partners with Mendota to create their sustainability program. Click here to read the full article
Mendota Bioenergy Launches its Website
Soquel (June 26, 2014)
Mendota Bioenergy, LLC (MB) is a renewable biofuels company focused on converting low-carbon-intensity energy beets grown in California’s Central Valley into advanced and cellulosic ethanol for drop-in transportation fuels, high-value animal nutrition feeds, agricultural fertilizers and recycled irrigation water. SureHarvest partners with Mendota to create their sustainability program. Click here to visit their website (www.mendotabeetenergy.com)
Act Local, Think Global to Drive Agrifood Supply Chain Sustainability
Soquel (June 5, 2014)
SureHarvest's Andrew Arnold shares his perspectives on ways to align top-down (buyer-driven) with bottom-up (local or grower-driven) sustainability initiatives in a new white paper, Act Local, Think Global to Drive Agrifood Supply Chain Sustainability. Click here to read the full white paper.
Wine Institute Publishes Down To Earth: A New Book on California Sustainable Winegrowing
San Francisco (April 2, 2014)
Wine Institute has released a new book, Down to Earth: A Seasonal Tour of Sustainable Winegrowing in California, a consumer-friendly guide to environmentally and socially responsible practices that shows how sustainability influences California vintners and growers throughout the year as they grow and make wines. The book was written by Janet Fletcher and photographed by George Rose, both award-winning journalists. Click here for full Press Release.
Rainier Fruit's Employee Programs Verified By SureHarvest
Selah, WA (March 11, 2014)
Rainier Fruit Company recently completed a rigorous assessment of its employee programs to verify that these claims are indeed true. As a family-owned company, Rainier operates its Good Stewardship Program with a scope that extends beyond sustainable farming to include investments in its human capital and community. SureHarvest, an agri-food sustainablilty solutions company, worked with Rainier over the course 2013 to examine Rainiers's wellness programs using their proprietary "5Ps of Sustainability" verification process. Click here for full Press Release.
|Feb 10, 2016
||Greener Fields Together Winter 2016 Newsletter
|Feb 4, 2016
||Accurate Nitrogen Budgeting Important for Almonds
|Jan 27, 2016
||CSWA 2015 Report Shows Wide Adoption of Sustainable Winegrowing Practices in California
|Nov 24, 2015
||CCFC to Launch BloomCheck
|Feb 26, 2015
||Sunny Valley hosts first sustainability training session
|Oct 28, 2014
||SureHarvest Adds Three Clients Implementing Sustainability Performance Management Systems
|Oct 23, 2014
||Grant focuses on leafy greens best practices
|Mar 11, 2014
||Rainier Fruit's Employee Programs Verified By SureHarvest
|Nov 12, 2013
||Greener Fields Together Documents National Farm Partners' Sustainability Gains
|Oct 22, 2013
||How Del Monte is measuring the next food evolution
|Sep 23, 2013
||SISC Releases First Suite of Metrics
|Aug 13, 2013
||Ted's Montana Grill Joins PRO*ACT'S Greener Fields Together Farm-to-Fork Sustainability Initiative
|Aug 5, 2013
||The Future of Farm Extension
|Jul 24, 2013
||SureHarvest Recognized by the Soil and Water Conservation Society
|Jul 15, 2013
||Book Review: View From the Vineyard by Dr. Cliff Ohmart
|Jul 12, 2013
||Greener Fields Together initiative verifies sustainable growers
|Jul 12, 2013
||Crops stewardship index working on pilots for metrics
|Jul 12, 2013
||California almond board progresses toward sustainability program
Switzer Network News featuring 1992 Switzer Fellow Jeff Dlott
Farming MIS: How to build a report
AndNowUKnow Features Jeff Dlott and Kathleen Phillips as they discuss the Pro*Act Greener Fields Together Program partnering with SureHarvest
The California Pear industry is committed to sustainable pear growing
Farming MIS: Data management eases sustainability certification
SureHarvest: A workflow management system
Measuring Economic Sustainability with Farming MIS