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It’s innovation and a strong commitment to helping the environment that led to Ian Coutts of Coutts Agro in Kindersley to be honoured with an Innovation Award by Land O’Lakes, a farmer-owned co-operative, representing and recognizing operations from all over North America.
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Farmers know that an investment in environmental sustainability is also an investment in the sustainability of their business. More often than not, the best conservation and stewardship solutions are farmer-led and farmer-driven, and Coutts Agro has proven this to be true.
Coutts Agro farms 92,000 acres and are the founding users of First Pass Technologies, a software to pre-plan field routes. As a result, Ian has eliminated five to seven per cent of total distance travelled, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, fertilizer use and the amount of soil turned up during seeding.
His efforts have a ripple effect across the entire food system – from the land that is farmed, to the companies they supply ingredients to, to the consumers who ultimately buy their products.
Ian is just one of the thousands of farmers implementing cutting edge conservation practices to support cleaner air and water, better soil health, stronger rural and farm economies and, ultimately, a healthy, sustainable food system for everyone.