Beginning next month, Cargill will start enrolling U.S. cotton growers in its Cargill RegenConnectTM regeneratively-sourced cotton program, rewarding cotton growers for the positive soil health practices they are already using. This new addition to the Cargill RegenConnect portfolio furthers Cargill’s role in giving farmers access to emerging market opportunities within sustainable, traceable supply chains, opening doors to Cargill’s downstream customers looking to achieve their sustainable sourcing goals.
“Brands, retailers and consumers are increasingly placing sustainability at the forefront of purchasing decisions, giving rise to increased market demand for regeneratively-grown cotton,” said William Barksdale, president of Cargill’s cotton business and chairman of the American Cotton Shippers Association. “Cargill is committed to playing its role in advancing sustainable cotton production practices around the world. Through the Cargill RegenConnect regeneratively-sourced cotton program, we are connecting market demand to the growers actively engaged in supporting environmental stewardship through regenerative agriculture practices.”
How to Enroll in the Cargill RegenConnectTM Regeneratively-Sourced Cotton Program
Cargill will offer one-year contracts to growers who have implemented cover crops and reduced-till or no-till practices since the Fall of 2021. Cotton growers can earn a premium for each pound of regeneratively-grown cotton contracted, produced and delivered to Cargill. Eligible states include Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.
Cargill has partnered with Regrow to make it easy for farmers to securely enter data to verify their use of regenerative agriculture practices through the Regrow MRV platform. Verification will be supported through in-field data, remote sensing and crop modeling.
Growers interested in maximizing the value of their regeneratively-grown cotton crop can contact their Cargill sales representative or visit www.cargillag.com/cotton-programs. Enrollment begins in July and ends September 15, 2022.