Success Stories

It’s our mission to connect organizations and individuals to be leaders in protecting the environment by providing innovative sustainability solutions that transform our customers’ success, our communities, and the planet. Here, we share those success stories with you.

Pig Farming: A Day in the Life

Did you know that the average American eats forty-six pounds of pork a year? (Hall, 2016) This is why those in the pork industry work seven days a week, 365 days a year (holidays included)! You might be thinking to yourself, who would want to do that every single day, and the answer is pork producers. Sure, somedays it would be nice…
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Ag Education in the Consumer Packaged Goods Space

The journey from farm to fork is part of almost every packaged good a consumer purchases. Behind each product is an intricate web of farmers, food and beverage companies, and the retailers that sell each product to the end consumer. There’s a story behind every product - the question is what story is being told, who knows it and how does it affect behavior.
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Ag Sustainability Practices Increase Resiliency On-Farm

Sustainable Environmental Consultants (SEC) provides services to food and beverage companies that have established goals to reduce risk in their supply chain. Essential to the supply chain are farmers. By implementing on-farm sustainable practices to their system, they not only reduce risks from weed pressure, pest pressure, and weather impacts, but it also allows them…
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An Update on Bioreactors & Innovations in Water Quality

In 2016, Sustainable Environmental Consultants (SEC) began looking to expand their agricultural compliance and engineering division portfolio with denitrifying bioreactor design services. Used to treat subsurface drainage water from agricultural fields, bioreactors are an edge-of-field practice that help to reduce nitrate loading to nearby streams. In the summer of 2019, SEC signed a contract with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) to design bioreactors throughout central Iowa. Each bioreactor will be developed in three phases.
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The Importance of Crop Diversity in Our Agricultural and Food Production Systems

Diversity in our agricultural and food production systems is integral in varying structure, reducing risk, and bringing new ideas and perspectives. In the context of soil, diversity is vital to be healthy and productive.
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Looking at Manure as a Resource

From the color to the smell, manure does not have the best reputation. However, it proves to be a powerful resource, and one that is abundant on dairy farms. There are multiple benefits to using manure as a soil amendment, which builds organic matter and replenishes nutrients. Manure is a variable source of nutrients because…
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Independent Verification of Food Supply Chain Sustainability Practices Is More Important Than Ever for Today’s Purpose-Driven Buyer

Consumer-driven concerns require a “farm to fork” or food system approach to evaluating environmental impact risk. Consumers today want to know their food is safe, affordable, transparent and sustainably sourced.
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McCarty Family

EcoPractices® Platform Delivers Tremendous Value to McCarty Family Farms

The EcoPractices platform helps McCarty Family Farms by aligning with the strategic sustainability initiatives that Danone has created in North America and globally.
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Food System Risk

Why Sustainability Risk Management Services Matter More Than Ever

Simply put sustainability is about our future generations and the kind of world we will leave them. Meeting the needs of future generations with regards to use and waste of natural resources is a key risk issue for all industries but never has it been more critical than for agriculture and our food system.
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