Land O'Lakes SUSTAIN, Arden Hills, Minn., announced plans to roll out the Truterra Insights Engine, an interactive on-farm digital platform to help farmers advance their stewardship goals, return on investment in real time, acre-by-acre, and measure sustainability progress.
"Truterra holds tremendous potential to harness stewardship to drive value by providing data-driven insights from farm-to-fork," says Matt Carstens, senior vice president of Land O'Lakes SUSTAIN. "Using the Truterra Insights Engine, farmers and food companies will have the ability to establish and report clear metrics, create customized stewardship strategies that meet farmers where they are in their sustainability journey and use a common language for on-farm stewardship that holds meaning and value. It's a major step forward in supporting food system sustainability that starts on the farm."
The Truterra Insights Engine leverages agronomic expertise and technical capabilities from a variety of contributors to enhance the value of stewardship across the supply chain. Such collaborations include USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service and integration of the sustainability metrics of Field to Market's Fieldprint Platform. The Insights Engine even ties into major private-sector commitments such as Walmart's Project Gigaton.
For farmers and agricultural retailers, the Truterra Insights Engine will utilize soil, weather, economic and farm management data to create customized reports showcasing the potential impacts of various stewardship practices – providing field-by-field insights, tracking against both economic performance and conservation practices.
The Truterra Insights Engine was created by a farmer-owned cooperative, to be used by farmers, agricultural retailers and agricultural experts to improve on-farm economic and natural resource stewardship. The Truterra Insights Engine will measure and track stewardship progress over time. In addition to helping farmers make the right choices for their business, these expanded metrics will help food companies achieve their sustainability goals.