Centerfield is a partnership among growers, food companies and Bunge in the U.S. with the goal to collect farm-level data to promote supply chain transparency and sustainable agriculture. Bunge launched Centerfield in 2011 to help U.S. farmers identify hybrids that would enhance corn quality and establish traceability from farm to fork. Several years later, the program has expanded into a sustainable agriculture initiative. Our goal is to collect farm-level data to promote supply chain transparency and sustainable agriculture.
Centerfield crops include: high oleic soy and canola, conventional and non-GMO corn, non-GMO soy, and rice. Our merchandising managers meet with participating growers to collect data such as rainfall and irrigation, fertilizer trips, soil texture, land use and tillage practices. GHG emissions, energy and other metrics from the farm operations are calculated. The aggregated, anonymized information is shared with participating growers and food customers interested in learning more about their supply chain. Participating growers also have access to their farm data.
Centerfield benefits both growers and the food industry alike. Growers can learn more about Bunge Loders Croklaan’s initiatives, consumer trends and sustainable agriculture and connect their farms to food companies. For the food industry, Centerfield offers insight into farm operations, supply chain traceability and an opportunity to be more engaged with growers.
For nearly 200 years, Bunge has been committed to corporate citizenship and sustainability. Centerfield helps us further that commitment by facilitating transparency and stronger connectivity from farm to fork.