b"All McCainPOTATOES MAY NOT have the playbook when it comes to regenerative agriculture that its canola and wheat counterparts might have, but that isnt stopping McCain Foods from pledging to Spuds to Behelp growers move towards a more sustainable future.The fact of the matter is that potatoes are tilled, harvesting Grown bypotatoes is a tillage event. And that's always going to occur to some expense. So, what can we do to work around those constraints? Jess Newman, senior director of agriculture and Regenerativesustainability with McCain, says in a phone interview.On June 7, McCain released its 2020 global sustainability report entitled Together, Towards Planet-Friendly Food. In the report, Ag by 2030 the food company pledged that by 2030 every potato slated for McCain Superfries, Bistro fries, potato patties, Smiles, Tasti Taters or homefries will be grown on farms using regenerative agricultural practices.McCain has pledged all of itsI think for us, that really starts with climate change. And the potato products will come fromway that it's affecting our growers livelihoods, we've seen crop failures due to drought, wet harvests, freezes across all of our spuds grown by regenerative agregion, Newman explains. The time is now and there's great practices by 2030.BY: ASHLEY ROBINSON urgency to partner with our growers, on working toward that regenerative future where we adapt to climate change.By doing this, McCain says it will restore and protect soil health and quality by using natural processes to control pests, prevent plant disease and strengthen crops against severe weather events. Regenerative agriculture is defined as farming and grazing practices which, among other benefits, reverse climate change by rebuilding soil organic matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversityresulting in both carbon drawdown and improving the water cycle, according to Regeneration International. Practices include minimal/no-tillage, soil fertility, biological ecosystem diversity and managing grazing practices. As farmers have looked to conserve and build up their soil content, regenerative agriculture has become more popular over the last decade. Consumers have also become more conscious of where their food comes from and have asked for it to come from more sustainable agricultural practices. McCain will implement regenerative agricultural practices on its three Farms of the Future, the first of which is now operational in Florenceville, NB. The purpose is to demonstrate how these agricultural practices, supported by technology and innovation, can be implemented at scale and be economically viable.McCains regenerative agriculture plan has the company improving farmer livelihoods by restoring natural processes which support soil health, biodiversity, reduce inputs, improve yields and Theperfect addition to yourbuild climate resilience. They also plan to increase crop diversity,eet. All aluminum trailer insertsensure soils are covered by living plants or plant residue year-\x1fwill transform your dry vans intoround, reduce agro-chemical use, optimize water use, reduce self-unloading bulk trailers. Builttillage and integrate organic matter.lightweight without troughs forThe last thing that we're committing to do and firing up to do maximum product capacity. is really training, training our growers. So, we have our network Call today to see how we can help you maximize yourof agronomists in the U.S. and Canada, who are themselves going product payload and reduce your transportation cost. to be becoming experts on these topics, and are ready, willing and excited to assist our growers as we embark on this 10-year journey, Newman says. 28SPUDSMART.COM Summer 2021"