The environment is becoming a more prominent issue. It is a large factor in marketing agriculture and food products in today’s global markets. Consumers are demanding more transparency and are demanding high quality and safe products. Reputation of food safety is critical to retain and gain access to domestic and international markets.
Environmental Farm Plans (EFP) provide a tool for producers to assess their own operation and identify environmental risks, current standards, areas for improvement and also highlight what they are doing well.
Having a completed EFP allows producers to access different funding opportunities, such as the Growing Forward Stewardship Program. It is also useful in product branding that demonstrates specific environmental standards.