“I do have to tell you, this Cool Farm Tool is really something, I have mentioned it at numerous meetings, talking to different people about where we go next and what's out there. I always get something out of these things, many feel you don't have time to do this stuff but this keeps you right there, keeps you on the cutting edge and I appreciate all the time you guys have put into it, it's a pretty amazing tool.”
Large U.S. tomato farmer
The Cool Farm Tool is designed to help growers understand and measure your carbon footprint. By using the tool, you gain insight into the impact of your various operations on the environment, and it therefore helps you to optimize the management decisions you make on-farm. The benefits can be measured both in terms of sustainability and productivity – sometimes lowering greenhouse gas emissions equates to lower energy use which means lower costs!
Growers' use of the CFT demonstrates to customers an engagement in sustainability and can be used to track continuous improvement. It is easy to use and most of the data needed will be from information captured elsewhere on the farm.
The CFT requires general information about your farm, such as crop area, yield, soil type, fertilizer and inputs, as well as some detailed information on electricity and fuel use (for field operations and primary processing). The results page provides a summary of greenhouse gas emissions as well as a detailed breakdown, so you can see what contributes the most and target reduction activities accordingly.
Often win: wins can be identified – increasing the composting facility on a livestock farm can reduce methane emissions and provide an additional revenue stream in the form of compost for sale. The CFT will help quantify the greenhouse gas reduction of this management decision.
“Thank you for developing such a highly functional and helpful tool for farmer's around the world.” – Wisconsin potato farmer