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Sustainability: Not just a buzzword. Its business strategy.
SureHarvest's 5Ps of SustainabilityTM is a proven method of aligning strategy with measurable progress to drive value. After a decade of development, this strategic approach is helping organizations throughout the agrifood value chain become more successful. To learn more watch this brief video.
provides a full set of solutions for growers and agrifood companies pursuing sustainability strategies - farming management software, sustainability management software, sustainability consulting services and third-party sustainability certification - throughout the agrifood supply chain. Clients span the agrifood value chain and benefit from SureHarvest’s market-leading expertise and experience working with growers, packer/shippers, processors, wineries and their trade associations.
SureHarvest collaborated with clients to design and implement these world-class sustainability programs:
The Latest News
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.
Latest Strides in Greener Fields Together Program
Monterey, CA (November 12, 2013)
More of the fresh produce headed to restaurant kitchens and grocery stores nationwide is now verified "greener" and more sustainably raised. This accomplishment is thanks to Greener Fields Together, the sustainability and local produce initiative created by the PRO*ACT produce supply-chain management company. The case studies are created and verified by SureHarvest using their 5Ps of SustainabilityTM program. The latest detailed case studies evaluating and verifying strides made by D'Arrigo Bros., of California, Mission Produce, Grimmway Farms and Rainier Fruit Company are now available, joining case studies of Sunkist Growers Inc., NewStar Fresh Foods, Taylor Farms California Inc. and Naturipe. Click here for full Press Release
2013 GreenBiz VERGE SF
Sustainability needs and limited natural resources are increasing reliance upon metrics for the food and agriculture sector. In the October 17th session entitled Can Metrics Make Food Better?, SureHarvest’s Jeff Dlott is joined by Robin Connell, Del Monte Foods Sustainability Programs Manager; Fred Luckey, Field to Market President; Tom Tomich, UC Davis Director of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute, and Jonathan Kaplan, NRDC Director of the Food and Agriculture Program, in a panel discussion about on-farm metrics. According to Robin Connell, “Food metrics are data-driven measurement tools that can help companies and suppliers reduce waste, improve air quality and effectively manage water use”. To read more click here.
California Cut Flower Commission exhibits for 1st time at Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Summit
SureHarvest customer California Cut Flower Commission (CCFC) joined the California Grown Pavilion at this year’s PMA in New Orleans. With 18,000 people attending Fresh Summit, CCFC was sure to get the attention of buyers around the globe. SureHarvest is working with CCFC to develop and implement a sustainability program. Pictured here is SureHarvest's Jeff Dlott and Melanie Beretti with Kasey Cromquist. CEO & Ambassador of CCFC.
Data-Driven Measurement Tools Bring Consistency to Sustainability
SEBASTAPOL, CALIF., September 23, 2013 - The Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops (SISC) today announced the release of five Working Metrics, or measurement tools, designed to support sustainability efforts across the specialty crops supply chain. Developed through unprecedented collaboration among growers, buyers and public interest groups, the new suite of metrics is intended to provide a science-based yardstick for assessing on-farm performance across key areas impacted by the production of fruits, vegetables and nuts. "In addition to helping growers target areas for improvement, the metrics will enable them to compare their farms to those of similar growers over time," noted Steve Balling, Director, Agricultural & Analytical Services, Del Monte, and SISC Steering Committee member. "Just as important, they provide us all with a common language for communicating with customers and consumers about the impact of our production methods--and for clearly demonstrating the stewardship activities of U.S. farmers." Read more here...
SureHarvest was a founding member of SISC and has served both as an expert on the Coordinating Council and manager of two NRCS Conservation Innovation Grants over the past five years that have funded most of the work to develop and pilot metrics and to create the organizational structure that oversaw the evolution of SISC. SureHarvest was instrumental in working with growers, food companies, trade associations and buyers to field test the metrics during pilots in 2010, 2012 and 2013.
Panelists tout collaboration as way to address ag issues
Register Pajaronian August 24, 2013
The Farm Food Safety and Conservation Network, in collaboration with the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE), held the sixth annual Farm, Food Safety and Conservation Network Co-management Forum in Watsonville last week. Keynote speaker Craig McNamara, President of the California Board of Food and Agriculture spoke on the state's necessary shift to sustainability as a way to address critical challenges facing the industry. To read more click here.
SureHarvest Recognized by the Soil and Water Conservation Society
(RENO, NV - July 24, 2013) SureHarvest was honored for its innovative work as a private sector consultant by the California-Nevada Chapter Soil and Water Conservation Society. The award recognized the role SureHarvest has played in pioneering developing technologies and sustainability and certification programs which have helped the agricultural industry improve both profitability and environmental stewardship. Click here to read more.
|Mar 11, 2014
||Rainier Fruit's Employee Programs Verified By SureHarvest
|Nov 12, 2013
||Greener Fields Together Documents National Farm Partners' Sustainability Gains
|Oct 3, 2013
||Climate Change Consortium for Specialty Crops: Impacts and Strategies for Resilience
|Sep 23, 2013
||SISC Releases First Suite of Metrics
|Aug 22, 2013
||Panelists tout collaboration as way to address ag issues
|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
||Crops stewardship index working on pilots for metrics
|Jul 12, 2013
||California almond board progresses toward sustainability program
|Jul 12, 2013
||Greener Fields Together initiative verifies sustainable growers
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