By Chip Shilling
The term “sustainability” has varying definitions based on industry or person that uses it, and in agriculture it can mean so much more. In agriculture, the practice of sustainability is to meet the food and fiber demand needs of today without compromising the needs of future generations. This approach is a priority within BASF and is key to establishing a reliable food production system while supporting farmers and their yield. BASF is committed to being part of the solution by providing a space for learning about sustainable farm practices that help feed our growing population.
The official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of the BASF Center for Sustainable Agriculture took place in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina on April 25, 2022. The Center is a place where farmers, consumers, and everyone connected to the agriculture industry can go for information, conversation, and to increase their knowledge on topics that are driving sustainable agriculture forward.
BASF established the Center to help create closer connections between farmers and consumers. As the population continues to grow, the demand for consistent, affordable food is crucial.
The Center’s interactive exhibits highlight initiatives that are driving agriculture forward in the areas of sustainability and biodiversity; food, fuel and fiber; agricultural technology; and pest control. The Center is also home to a garden featuring more than 100 species of plants, trees, and shrubs that benefit from the application and use of BASF’s sustainable agriculture products.
Whether it’s with school, family, or friends, our team of experts look forward to welcoming you to the interactive Center. We invite you to explore our state-of-the-art video tables and test your knowledge on our agriculture trivia. After you’ve immersed yourself in sustainable agriculture, we invite you to unwind in the rocking chairs overlooking our beautiful garden.
We’re excited to share the Center for Sustainable Agriculture with you. We’re confident you’ll come away with a better understanding of how food is produced and how you can contribute to the future of agriculture.
For additional information about the BASF Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and to schedule an individual tour or group outing, please visit https://center-for-sustainable-ag.com.
Chip Shilling is manager of issues management and sustainability at BASF and co-led the development and redesign of the center. Working with partners and agricultural experts and by integrating sustainability criteria into all business decisions, we help farmers to create a positive impact on sustainable agriculture.