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Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture is pleased to release today our organization's 2020 Annual Report. Between a global pandemic, severe climate impacts, and historic social and political upheaval, 2020 reshaped the food and agriculture system along with the entire global economy.

From natural disasters to supply chain disruptions, farmers often found themselves on the frontlines in a year of unprecedented challenges and change. At the same time, the broader industry has increasingly acknowledged the urgency of building a more resilient food and agriculture.

In the spirit of pre-competitive collaboration, members across the Alliance have demonstrated a renewed commitment to advancing sustainable agriculture from the ground up. This report explores important milestones from 2020, including:

A record-breaking year for member engagement with the introduction of 16 new member organizations and nearly 90% of members actively participating in innovative programming, including a Climate Week Cross-Sector Dialogue, the inaugural Continuous Improvement Academy and annual Sustainable Agriculture Summit;

Continued growth of our Continuous Improvement Accelerator, with more than seventy member organizations actively supporting farmers in advancing continuous improvement through 70 locally-led projects across 4.5 million acres of farmland;

Pivotal thought leadership through the release of four major reports, including an analysis of trends in responsible pest management, a compendium of industry climate commitments, a report on the impact of farm financial health on conservation adoption and a survey examining farmer attitudes about sustainability; and

Our commitment to advancing a more just, equitable and sustainable food and agriculture system through the formation of a new board-level Subcommittee on Racial Justice, Equity, and Inclusion, acknowledging the important work that must be undertaken to dismantle systemic racism in agriculture.

We are grateful for the steadfast commitment of our members, who have continued to dedicate time and expertise to strengthen our programs and governance. On behalf of the entire Field to Market staff and Board of Directors, we would like to thank you for your continued support and dedication to our ambitious vision, mission and goals. We look forward to an even stronger 2021 as we work to scale sustainable agriculture to support resilient ecosystems and enhance farmer livelihoods.

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