Riceland Foods, Inc., based in Stuttgart, and Nestlé Purina PetCare (Purina) announced a new partnership to incentivize Riceland farmer-members to grow rice using sustainability practices starting in 2023.
Over the span of four years, Purina will invest more than $1.5 million in the Riceland-Nestlé Purina PetCare Sustainable Rice Program. The investment will help Riceland farmer-members with the adoption of environmentally friendly practices, which often take added time and resources that can make implementation difficult. Purina will receive Scope 3 Greenhouse Gas emission reductions that result from the updated farming practices by participating Riceland farmer-members.
“The success of a program like this leans heavily on the partnership and their collective ability to bring value to the overarching goal,” said Adam Shea, Riceland Director of Sustainability. “As a farmer-owned cooperative, Riceland is uniquely positioned to connect sustainable impacts made at the farm level to consumers and end users.”
Providing proof of Scope 3 GHG emission reductions is no simple task, but Riceland’s partnership with Arva Intelligence makes it possible. As part of the Riceland Carbon Ready program, Arva Intelligence will quantify the carbon reductions associated with the various sustainable farm practices in the Riceland-Nestlé Purina PetCare Sustainable Rice Program to provide the proof necessary for Purina to receive associated Greenhouse Gas Emission credits, reducing the company’s overall GHG emissions.
“This collaboration with Riceland and Arva Intelligence is another example of our commitment to both rice farmers and the importance of their agriculture stewardship in helping to make the world a better place,” said Jack Scott, VP of Sustainable Sourcing at Nestlé Purina. “Sustainable rice is relevant to meeting market demands as much as meeting the bold environmental goals we set-out to achieve, which includes a goal of Net Zero by 2050.”
The Riceland Carbon Ready Program is the gateway program for the cooperative’s farmer members to become eligible for incentives for sustainable practices on farm.