Cargill Chairman and CEO David MacLennan praised farmers, meals staff and ag staff for stepping up in early 2020 when the world was shutting down in response to the unknowns surrounding COVID-19.
“There was a lot of fear,” MacLennan stated, and questions too. “Where’s our food gonna come from? How are we going to make sure it gets to the tables and the stores and the restaurants where people can consume it? Our farmers stepped up, they are the heroes of COVID-19 and it showed us how resilient the food supply system is and what we need in terms of courage and vision in order to make sure that the ag supply, the food supply system continues to work, despite intense strain.”
MacLennan spoke June 4 throughout the 125th annual convention of the National Grain and Feed Association. Practically 400 individuals gathered in Colorado Springs for the conference, which included on-line and in-person parts.
“Our a hundred and twenty fifth anniversary themes are supposed to be far-reaching and transformative – it would take greater than only one yr of labor to realize them,” stated Nationwide Grain and Feed Affiliation Chairman JoAnn Brouillette, president and managing associate of Demeter Lp in Fowler, Ind.
All year long, NGFA will have a good time “Transforming America’s Harvest” with initiatives and initiatives that target the way forward for the grain, feed and processing trade and how you can finest place it to proceed enhancing the expansion and financial efficiency of U.S. agriculture in a worldwide open market surroundings, Brouillette stated.
MacLennan echoed the optimistic theme, whereas acknowledging the challenges of the previous yr.
“We kept food moving, we kept getting it to where it was needed, and the resilience of the food supply system was really amazing,” MacLennan stated. “We did do big things and we’re going to continue to do big things.”
Many criticize agriculture, he stated, however he sees agriculture as a part of the answer.
Cargill has invested in a single answer – regenerative ag. The corporate supplies farmers entry to coaching and helps voluntary, farmer-led adoption of regenerative agriculture throughout 10 million acres of North American farmland by 2030. Regenerative agriculture is a sort of agriculture during which farmers rebuild soil natural matter and restore soil biodiversity to enhance soil well being and sequester carbon.
“I think the greatest challenge facing the ag industry today is sustainably feeding a world that is growing rapidly,” MacLennan stated. “The adjustments we make on the roots of our provide chain will ship the best affect – by decreasing emissions, bettering water high quality, sequestering carbon, and increase the resilience of our soils for the subsequent technology. Firms can set as many local weather objectives as we would like. However with out the assist and management of farmers, none of it would occur. They have to cleared the path and we’re right here to associate with them on this necessary, ongoing effort.”
Farmers know inaction just isn’t an choice, he stated.
“We as an industry have to reduce our impact. We have to be more thoughtful about how much water we use, how much greenhouse gas emission is there . . . how can we be better stewards of the environment.”