The Bayer ForwardFarming Initiative
Demonstrating Sustainable Agriculture in Practice
Farmers’ livelihoods are increasingly challenged by the changing climate, limited natural resources, and growing societal demands. Together with farmers, we continually seek to move agriculture forward, with our eyes on a more sustainable future. This comes to life through Bayer ForwardFarming, a knowledge platform that fosters dialogue and showcases on-farm sustainable practices with farmers.
On ForwardFarms around the world farmers, value chain partners, academia, scientists and civil society engage in dialogue and experience modern sustainable agriculture first-hand.
Across the ForwardFarming network, Bayer partners with independent farmers to show how tailored solutions, modern tools and practices, proactive stewardship measures and partnerships are enabling farmers to run successful businesses, while providing enough food for a growing world, and in a way that preserves the environment.
Bayer ForwardFarms are independent farms located across Europe, Latin America and North America. While each farm is unique in the crops it grows, the land it farms and the community it serves, they all share a commitment to promoting sustainable and scalable practices that benefit farmers, consumers, and our planet.
Bayer ForwardFarming demonstrates solutions that support sustainability in agriculture comprised of three components:
Every farm is different, and every field within a farming operation is unique. As a result, every solution should be tailored to meet the needs of the individual farmer and their specific field.
With the availability of thousands of varieties of seed and many other important variables to consider, selecting the right seed for a field is one of the most important decisions a farmer can make.
Chemical and biological crop protection products combine to protect against weeds, pests, and diseases. Other measures and decision support tools help to optimize the applications and allow farmers to apply only as much as is truly needed.
From advanced weather monitoring to satellite remote sensing, digital technology enables farmers to take advantage of the data at their fingertips. Data science transforms traditional practices into an integrated system focused on sustainable use. Real-time data drives the precise application of resources, and state-of-the-art software allows for quick, easy analysis of crop management and protection.
ForwardFarming promotes and demonstrates proactive stewardship to protect human health and preserve the environment. Examples include: addressing the safe and responsible use of crop protection products; preserving soil, biodiversity, and water; and offering training in all of these areas.
Ensuring the responsible handling and application of products is an essential part of farming safety. ForwardFarming serves as a demonstration and knowledge exchange for farmers and other stakeholders to share, learn, and adopt best practices to keep themselves safe and continue to produce enough food.
For farmer support, Bayer provides an online tool called BAYER DRESSCODE with information about personal protection. Bayer has also developed a new closed system device called easyFlow®. This device allows operators to measure and translocate crop protection products without being exposed to them.
On each farm, coexistence with the natural surroundings is important not only for the environment, but for the health of the crops. Depending on the local habitat and species, farms implement diverse features including:
Water is one of our most valuable resources. Regardless of the activity, using and preserving water in a responsible manner is in the farmer’s and the environment’s best interest.
Bayer ForwardFarming partners with food and value chain participants, research centers and universities, and industry leaders to create space for dialogue and demonstration—connecting farmers with the communities around them and beyond.
Just a few examples of partnerships established by current ForwardFarms include: