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The Seam releases US Cotton Trust Protocol for farmers

Mar '20
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The Seam has announced the general release of the US Cotton Trust Protocol, an integrated technology platform that allows US cotton farmers to assess and verify production practices, environmental footprint and measurement of progress toward long-term sustainability goals. The Seam is a provider of commodities trading and agriculture software solutions.

The trust protocol was initiated by the National Cotton Council, which represents all US cotton industry segments, including producers, ginners, warehousing, merchants, cooperatives, manufacturers, and cottonseed. The Seam was named technology partner of the initiative in November 2018 by the National Cotton Council and the Cotton USA Sustainability Task Force. Mark Pryor, chief executive officer at The Seam, was also named to the inaugural board of directors of the trust protocol in December 2019 as an advisor.

Approximately 300 US cotton producers have enrolled in the platform pilot that began in June 2019. The general release, which launches in April for the 2020 crop, will include a new bale registration and verification process that links actual cotton production to the sustainability profile of the grower. As a qualified data management partner with Field to Market, The Seam has also developed a new integration module for the Fieldprint Platform, which allows science-based metrics and outcomes within a unified experience, according to The Seam.

Through robust data metrics, analysis and insights, the trust protocol adds confidence and transparency throughout the supply chain – ensuring US cotton remains the responsible choice for textile manufacturers, brands, and retailers.

“We are honoured to play a role in the development of technology that fuels the overall mission and message of US agriculture sustainability. Working with the National Cotton Council, our goal was to provide a farmer-friendly platform for the cotton industry that promotes economic and environmental stewardship through quantifiable metrics and insights. We look forward to expanding our platform to other agricultural crops, including peanuts and soybeans, in the near future,” Pryor said.

“The Seam has played a key role on the technology side of developing the US Cotton Trust Protocol, a programme designed to confirm and increase awareness of the fact that US cotton producers are farming responsibly and striving for continuous improvement. The Seam helped immensely in the development of the trust protocol, and the company continues to refine the way data is utilised within this industry-leading initiative,” Ken Burton, the trust protocol’s executive director said.

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