Environmental Stewardship
Environmental Stewardship
Sustainable Agriculture

Sheet and Rill Erosion
Sheet and Rill Erosion - Enemies of Sustainable Agriculture (photo courtesy of USDA-NRCS)
Sustainable Agriculture (SA) is agricultural production driven by the demands to produce sufficient, high-quality food and fiber to satisfy existing and future needs, while using farming methods that protect and enhance the environment and the well-being of farmers and local communities. SA includes well-respected, time-tested farming practices such as crop rotation, integrated pest management techniques, soil and water conservation practices, strategic use of animal and green manures, and use of natural or synthetic inputs in ways that are safe to man, animals, and the environment.

Syngenta recognizes the importance of sustainable agriculture to society and the importance of modern crop protection techniques and improved plant varieties in achieving the goals of SA. Through extensive consultation with key stakeholders such as government agencies, universities, grower organizations, food processors, and Ag retailers, we support research, education, and outreach in support of sustainable agriculture.

The Syngenta approach to Sustainable Agriculture involves working in partnership with stakeholders to:
    Grassed Waterway
    Grassed Waterway - Preventing Concentrated Flow and Soil Erosion (photo courtesy of USDA-NRCS)
  • Conduct research focused on crop protection practices that target pests more precisely and are as safe as possible to people and the environment

  • Build knowledge and skills in integrated farming, crop and pest management techniques, and safe and sustainable use of our products

  • Actively encourage the adoption of sustainable principles and practices, as part of integrated farming systems

  • Identify and disseminate best management practices (BMPs), providing alternatives to ensure grower options and thus promote acceptance

  • Always take into account the social, economic, and environmental dimensions

  • Measure and communicate progress

ICM and IPM - Critical Components in the Framework of Sustainable Ag

Integrated Crop Management (ICM) is a whole-farm, long-term, dynamic strategy that uses the latest research and technology to manage crops profitably but with respect for the environment. It includes practices that avoid waste, enhance energy efficiency, minimize pollution, and protect crops from pests.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is the most sustainable method of implementing the crop protection component of ICM, because it uses the most cost effective and environmentally sound combination of biological, chemical, cultural, mechanical, genetic, and educational methods to keep pests below unacceptable economic thresholds. In its best form, it is a long-term strategy that minimizes any detrimental effects on human health, the environment, and non-target organisms.

Terraces and Conservation Buffers
Terraces and Conservation Buffers - Multiple Approaches to Enhance Sustainability (photo courtesy of USDA-NRCS)
Syngenta is contributing to sustainable agriculture through our sponsorship of and participation in many innovative activities and projects in the United States and throughout the world. Here are examples:
  • Team of Syngenta specialists dedicated to environmental stewardship, ranging from product-specific activities to general stewardship programs such as drift prevention, resistance management, and soil/water conservation and quality.

  • Long term IPM programs involving tree fruits, potatoes, citrus, etc.

  • Voluntary Monitoring Program to identify special or unique watershed situations and help target stewardship activities, through a comprehensive water sampling program with selected community water systems.

  • Riparian Buffer
    Riparian Buffer at Bear Creek, IA, a Nationally Designated Buffer Demonstration Site (photo courtesy of USDA-NRCS)
  • Various Long-term, Whole Watershed Research Projects, such as Lake Springfield, IL, to identify a range of BMPs that growers can adopt to improve water quality, reduce soil losses, and improve wildlife habitat; and to heighten awareness of water quality issues and solutions within and beyond each watershed.

  • Community Educational Programs about environmental stewardship and BMPs

  • Syngenta has been a sustaining sponsor of Trees Forever ( Its Iowa Buffer Initiative (using Iowa State University's Bear Creek project as the prototype), showcases the many ways to establish and maintain buffers, and demonstrates to landowners the flexibility of buffers in improving water quality and reducing soil erosion in different soil types and terrain. The Initiative has created a network of buffer specialists and recognized farmers who include buffers in their management plans.

  • Research and education on remediation techniques for accidents such as spills and overapplication
For more information on Syngenta's commitment to sustainable agriculture, visit the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture at