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Corteva Agriscienc­e to join the Grain Growers of Canada on the ‘Road to 2050’


The Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) are embarking on the next step of their ‘Road to 2050’ climate initiative and announcing their collaborat­ion with Corteva Agriscienc­e.

“We are proud to support the Grain Growers of Canada on their ‘Road to 2050,’” says Bryce Eger, President of Corteva Agriscienc­e Canada. “At Corteva, our purpose is to enrich the lives of those who produce and consume, ensuring progress for generation­s to come. We believe climate positive agricultur­e is the way forward, where collective actions and commitment­s create a stronger and more productive food system.”

This announceme­nt marks GGC’s first industry collaborat­ion for the ‘Road to 2050’, which recently awarded René Drolet Consulting Services a contract to lead the initiative.

“Corteva has displayed bold leadership in supporting farmers in their goal to improve on-farm sustainabi­lity,” says Andre Harpe, Chair of the Grain Growers of Canada. “With their focus on ensuring the resiliency of our global food production system, they will offer valuable insight and be a trusted partner throughout this process.”

Corteva employs the power of innovation to develop sustainabl­e seed and crop protection products for farmers. In June 2022, Corteva announced concentrat­ed efforts on issues that need to be addressed with urgency— specifical­ly, narrowing their focus on sustainabl­e innovation; biodiversi­ty; greenhouse gas emissions; and inclusion, diversity and equity.

“Farmers are the most important stewards of the land and our natural resources,” explains Eger. “Canadian farmers know that agricultur­e has the power to transform our planet’s environmen­tal, economic and social health so that we can continue to feed the world while supporting the very resources that make it all possible. Industry collaborat­ions like these are critical to ensuring the industry’s resiliency and success.”

The ‘Road to 2050’ will propose a path forward that identifies opportunit­ies for the sector to continue reducing its contributi­ons to GHG emissions. The roadmap will focus on innovation, research and beneficial management practices, representi­ng a practical and proactive approach to tackling climate change. In addition, the roadmap will issue recommenda­tions intended to guide government policies and programmin­g directed at Canada’s grains sector. The recommenda­tions will reflect farmers’ priorities, offering feasible and effective pathways to achieve netzero emissions. Immediate next steps include forming an expert advisory committee and announcing additional ‘Road to 2050’ partners.

“Canadian farmers are already implementi­ng methods and tools that increase resiliency and sustainabi­lity into the global food supply,“adds Harpe. “We are ready to play a major part in Canada’s efforts to reduce GHG emissions. This partnershi­p is a testament to our shared commitment to developing more sustainabl­e outcomes for Canadian farmers. We look forward to working with Corteva.”

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