Leading Harvest rationalizes the market for sustainability verification through a universal, outcomes-based certification program that can be applied across all crops and geographies and covers all major economic, social, and economic issues.
Leading Harvest’s inaugural product is a first-ever universal outcomes-based certification program. It verifies that farmland is being managed sustainably through outcomes-based evidence and third-party audits.
Through its auditing program, Leading Harvest creates a pathway for growers, landowners, companies, and investors to verify economic, social, and environmental outcomes on farmland through third-party audits.
Inaugural Farmland Management Standard
FarmTogether’s agricultural operations have been certified as in conformance with the Leading Harvest Farmland Management Standard. Please find our Certification Documentation here.
Their inaugural Farmland Management Standard is organized around 13 sustainability Principles.
Sustainable AgricultureTo practice sustainable agricultural stewardship to improve crop production and ensure long-term agricultural sustainability.
Soil Health and ConservationTo maintain or enhance soil health to optimize crop yield and protect long-term soil productivity on agricultural lands.
Protection of Water ResourcesTo protect water resources and manage water for efficient agricultural productivity.
Protection of CropsTo achieve crop protection objectives while protecting people and the environment.
Energy Use, Air Quality and Climate ChangeTo conserve energy used by agricultural operations and minimize adverse impacts to the atmosphere and the global climate.
Waste and Material ManagementTo manage waste, agricultural chemicals and other materials from agricultural operations to minimize their adverse impacts to agriculture and the environment.
Conservation of BiodiversityTo manage farmland in a manner that maintains agricultural production while conserving biodiversity where appropriate or legally required.
Protection of Special SitesTo manage Special Sites on farmland that are geologically or culturally important in a manner that recognizes and respects their unique qualities.
Local CommunitiesTo operate safely and responsibly; contribute to the economic well-being, social networks and health of local communities; and to recognize and respect the rights of local communities and Indigenous Peoples in regions of agricultural operations.
Employees and Farm LaborTo provide a safe and healthy working environment, fair compensation and training for Standard user personnel, contract management company employees and contract farm labor necessary to improve the practice of sustainable agriculture.
Legal and Regulatory ComplianceTo comply with applicable federal, state and local laws, statutes, and regulations.
Management Review and Continual ImprovementTo promote continual improvement in the practice of sustainable agriculture by conducting management reviews and monitoring performance.
Tenant-Operated OperationsTo promote the use of regional agricultural best management practices on farmland leased by farmland tenants to broaden the practice of sustainable agriculture and to promote the efficient use of agricultural inputs and the management of adverse environmental impacts.
“Leading Harvest is committed to supporting leaders in the agriculture industry that can advance environmental, social, and economic outcomes at scale. We are thrilled to welcome FarmTogether as a Program User and to support their journey to third-party verified sustainability certification. ”
Executive Director of Leading Harvest
Let’s Grow Together
FarmTogether is looking for partners who align with our values and are ready to bring high-quality farmland directly to investors.