The Corn Sustainability Assurance Protocol (CSAP) version 1.1 – a tool enabling U.S. corn growers to demonstrate sustainability in international markets – has achieved the highest level of equivalence when benchmarked against SAI Platform’s Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA) 3.0.

This accomplishment means that CSAP, the farmer-led initiative developed by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), meets the robust criteria and sustainability standards of SAI Platform’s FSA, which is globally recognized as a reference point for sustainable sourcing.

As a result, U.S. corn growers who use CSAP can now confidently meet the sustainability requirements of FSA users and demonstrate their commitment to continuous improvement more effectively in global markets.

“U.S. corn production has always been anchored to the strong foundations of the U.S. agricultural system, which includes numerous incentives for producers to implement conservation practices, as well as strict and enforceable regulations that ensure natural resources are protected and preserved,” said U.S. Grains Council President and CEO Ryan LeGrand. “The Corn Sustainability Assurance Protocol captures the full scope of these assurances in corn production, and we are now glad to see them recognized through the achievement of gold-level equivalency with SAI Platform’s Farm Sustainability Assessment.”

“USGC’s CSAP offers immense value and opportunity for promoting sustainability amongst U.S. corn growers. I would like to congratulate USGC on achieving the highest level of equivalence against the FSA. This firmly underlines their level of ambition in the pursuit of a more sustainable and responsible future for farming”, said Joe Iveson, FSA Manager.