Industry collaboration creates unmatched transparency capabilities in the cotton supply chain

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, December 1, 2020 – Exclusive to its e3® Sustainable Cotton program, BASF is announcing a collaboration with EWR, Inc., making bale information collection even easier and more efficient for cotton farmers and ginners committed to providing transparent, traceable, sustainable cotton.

 

With the e3 Sustainable Cotton program, every stage of the supply chain can be traced back to the exact field where cotton was grown, providing unmatched traceability. It starts with e3 Sustainable Cotton farmers mapping out their cotton fields using MyFarmsSM, an exclusive online farm management platform. Now, using EWR Inc.’s mobile-friendly eCotton CottonHost website, farmers and ginners can completely digitize their field and bale information.

 

“We’re excited to be able to offer this new digital feature to our e3 Sustainable Cotton farmers and supply chain network through our relationships with EWR, Inc. and MyFarms,” says Jennifer Gasque-Crumpler, e3 Sustainable Cotton program manager for BASF. “Providing sustainable, fully traceable cotton is at the core of what we do, and this creates even more unmatched transparency in our program.”

 

For the e3 Sustainable Cotton farmer, field information is captured digitally in the MyFarms platform. Based on the information submitted by farmers, ginners can then use the eCotton CottonHost software to capture and identify Permanent Bale Identification (PBI) numbers as e3 Sustainable Cotton, which are automatically sent to BASF – no longer requiring manual submission.

 

“Essentially what we’ve done is streamline information collection at two critical points of the cotton supply chain: the farm and the gin,” says Tom McCune, Vice President of EWR, Inc. “Not only does it create efficiencies at the front end, it also allows supply chain partners to more easily trace the e3 Sustainable Cotton they’ve purchased back to the individual field where it was grown.”

 

To learn more about the e3 Sustainable Cotton program, visit our website or contact your local BASF Seed Advisor.

 

About BASF’s Agricultural Solutions division

With a rapidly growing population, the world is increasingly dependent on our ability to develop and maintain sustainable agriculture and healthy environments. Working with farmers, agricultural professionals, pest management experts and others, it is our role to help make this possible. That’s why we invest in a strong R&D pipeline and broad portfolio, including seeds and traits, chemical and biological crop protection, soil management, plant health, pest control and digital farming. With expert teams in the lab, field, office and in production, we connect innovative thinking and down-to-earth action to create real world ideas that work – for farmers, society and the planet. In 2019, our division generated sales of €7.8 billion. For more information, please visit www.agriculture.basf.com or any of our social media channels.

 

About BASF

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 18,200 employees in North America and had sales of $17.9 billion in 2017. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit www.basf.com.

 

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The more than 115,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of more than €60 billion in 2017. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (BAS). Further information at www.basf.com.

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