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    AgBalance® - Improving sustainability performance in agriculture

      Sustainability is an integral feature of modern farming. It is at the center of a farmer’s daily work and drives improvement efforts on the farm. BASF has developed an assessment tool called AgBalance® that allows farmers to review the sustainability contribution that their current farming operation makes.

      What is AgBalance®?

      AgBalance® is a proprietary sustainability assessment tool developed by BASF that calculates the sustainability performance of a farming operation. It is the only Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) based program in the agricultural industry that enables a customized assessment of risks and opportunities across all three sustainability pillars.

      The AgBalance® model calculates the impact of complex farm data and downstream processes on the environment, on economic performance and even on society, giving results and recommendations for individual farm needs. In addition, it can be interrogated to model future scenarios and the best combination of future actions to maximize crop yields, protect health, resources and the environment, and improve efficiency.

    How AgBalance® works

    A wide range of input data

    Using scientifically sound methods based on real-time input data from farm operations, together with existing data from field and literature research, the AgBalance® model calculates the impact on the three sustainability pillars – environment, economy and society.

    A wide range of input data

    Using scientifically sound methods based on real-time input data from farm operations, together with existing data from field and literature research, the AgBalance® model calculates the impact on the three sustainability pillars – environment, economy and society.

    Irrigation

    Yield

    Crop

    Biodiversity

    Soil

    Working hours

      The AgBalance benefits

      • Farmers can assess and measure their operations and can see how small changes can improve the sustainability of their farm. They can share results with downstream customers, demonstrate their commitment to sustainable crop production and provide the necessary evidence to meet increasingly complex sustainability specifications of the food industry.  This enables them to increase sustainability on their farm and realize business opportunities in the food value chain
      • Agricultural input provider BASF wants to increase knowledge about sustainable agriculture and contribute to a fact-based dialogue. We use new insights on sustainable agriculture to guide our R&D and develop new, innovative and sustainable solutions for our customers.
      • Food processors can demonstrate sustainable improvements in their own production processes and increase the basis for fact-based dialogue with suppliers and retailers.
      • Retailers want to address consumer needs transparently. Assessing their operations thoroughly enables businesses to provide credible information on the sustainability of their products and practices, as well as driving improvements.
      • Consumers and society value transparent and sustainable food production and the identification and spread of best practice.

    Want to learn more?

    For further information, download the AgBalance leaflet or contact Kerstin Ulrich, our AgBalance manager, on agbalance@basf.com

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