FRANKENMUTH, Mich. — Star of the West Milling Co. announced Aug. 11 that it has joined the Truterra network, which was launched by Land O’Lakes in 2016. Having both ag retail in Michigan and flour mills in several states, it made sense to partner with the only food and ag sustainability program in the United States that is farmer-owned and farmer-driven.
Being part of the Truterra network will allow Star of the West Milling Co to offer their diverse grower customer base a powerful suite of tools to help optimize sustainability and profitability. Through Truterra, growers are better positioned to access opportunities to be rewarded for stewardship, including carbon and emerging ecosystem services markets.
Growers working with Star of the West sustainability projects will have access to the Truterra™ Insights Engine. This best-in-class sustainability tool allows growers to generate a stewardship baseline for every field and then predict and measure the impact of implementing specific conservation practices on both the environment and their profitability. Star of the West will work with interested growers across their footprint to document their current practices and then unlock insights about their fields to evaluate and implement conservation practices to better achieve agronomic and economic goals. With Truterra, growers retain ownership of their data at all times.
“We look forward to working with growers across our different geographies to identify potential opportunities for their farms while also partnering with our food processing customers,” said Keith Martus, Vice President of Agronomy at Star of the West.
Using the Truterra™ Insights Engine can help growers determine if they qualify for opportunities to earn money by improving their stewardship. One example of this is with Truterra’s carbon program, a transformational carbon program that helps growers generate and sell carbon credits to private sector buyers. In this program, qualifying growers may be compensated for their stewardship efforts.
Other examples of opportunities are specific to Star of the West and depend on the food customer and grower geography. Star of the West is excited to offer these new opportunities to their growers through the use of Truterra. One new example for Star of the West growers is a partnership with The Nature Conservancy which focuses on Michigan wheat and sustainable/regenerative practices being added to the farm. These growers will utilize Truterra to show and track the improvements the new practices are making to their fields.
“Right now our focus is on wheat, but we continue to work to develop projects and partners. Whether future developments are different crops, new customers, or simply current customers asking for more specific data, we are excited to bring these opportunities to our growers,” said Lisa Woodke, Sustainability Director for Star of the West.
Participating in current and future offers requires data, and getting started with the Truterra™ Insights Engine is a great way for growers to be ready to take advantage of new revenue streams as they emerge.
About Star of the West
Star of the West is a 150-year-old company with headquarters in Frankenmuth, Michigan. It began as one flour mill, and now boasts five mills in four states including Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and New York. The company has expanded from its flour roots to include three agronomy locations, ten elevators for receiving crops, dry bean and edible soybean processing facilities, and Everbest Organics, which is their organic division with locations in Michigan, North Dakota and Minnesota. With ties to both growers and food customers, Star of the West finds itself uniquely positioned to respond to customer requests and special projects, and welcomes sustainability being in the forefront of any conversation.
About Truterra, LLC
Truterra is a leading sustainability solutions provider, advancing and connecting sustainability efforts throughout the food system at scale – from farmers to ag retailers to value chain collaborators including food and fiber companies. Truterra positions farmers for success by providing them tools and resources to establish a stewardship baseline, track progress on every field they farm, access conservation resources and prepare for ecosystem services market opportunities. The Truterra™ network brings together the best in agricultural technology and precision conservation to drive sustainability across the food system, feeding people, safeguarding the planet and supporting farmer livelihoods. Truterra was launched in 2016 by Land O’Lakes, Inc., a member-owned cooperative that spans the spectrum from agricultural production to consumer foods.
— Star of the West Milling Co.
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