As of Aug. 15 potato growers can participate in the Potato Sustainability Alliance (PSA) Program by enrolling to complete a self-assessment, an Aug. 10 newsletter said.
The grower enrolment form is located on the PSA website and is open for submissions until Nov. 15, 2023. The newsletter noted that when growers enrol in the PSA Program they opt-in to receive resources and a unique ID, which is required for completing the self-assessment.
There are over 550 potato growers across Canada and the United States who annually participate in the PSA Program, the newsletter said. By completing a self-assessment these growers are able to measure and benchmark the performance of their sustainability practices, share insights, and identify areas for improvement.
Starting this year the PSA Program is using Syngenta’s Sustainable Outcomes in Agriculture Standard (SAO) and Cropwise Sustainability app as the self-assessment tool, the newsletter noted. The SOA provides a framework allowing growers and supply chain companies to measure, promote, and improve regenerative agriculture outcomes.
The PSA is hosting grower onboarding webinars with Syngenta staff to walk through the new self-assessment process and tool. More information about these webinars can be found on the PSA website.