Name Sargent Farms / MWD Farms, LLC
Country United States of America

Profile:

Dave Sargent of Sargent Farms / MWD Farms, LLC was born on a farm and has been farming for over 70 years. MWD Farms, LLC runs four ranches that total 1962 acres. The crops grown on these ranches are Squash, Okra, Bell Peppers, Cucumbers and Green Beans, all of which are grown for Walmart.

In 2001, MWD Farms, LLC started off with farming a quarter of an acre and growing produce for one Walmart store. Increasing its acreage and production year by year, MWD Farms now grows produce on close to 2000 acres, with most of the produce grown exclusively for Walmart. Currently MWD Farms supplies Walmart Distribution Centers located in Texas, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Arkansas, which are responsible for supplying over 1600 Walmart stores.

Achievements:

We take the business of growing vegetables very seriously. We are always making adjustments to our growing procedures to eliminate any possibility of food contamination. We began our audit history under the GLOBALG.A.P. Primary Farm Assurance audit standards. In 2009, our first review was the Foundation Level audit standard. In 2011, we moved from the Foundation level audit to the Intermediary Level audit standard. Currently, we are preparing our farming operation to be audited under the rigorous standards of the Integrated Farm Assurance level audit scheme. We plan on having this audit performed by the end of August 2013. We are moving to this certificated audit standard not because anyone is requiring us to do so, but because we have food safety as our primary goal.

We want Walmart to know that everything we grow meets or exceeds the highest food safety standard in the industry. MWD Farms, LLC is a major Walmart supplier and our food safety outreach and GLOBALG.A.P. Certifications have raised awareness throughout the Walmart organization. Walmart is the leader in promoting food safety throughout the world and MWD Farms, LLC is proud to have this working relationship with Walmart.

We believe that GLOBALG.A.P. audit standards have set the bar in food safety, not only in European countries, but also in the United States. We are proud to be a partner within the GLOBALG.A.P. organization and we are encouraging other growers to follow our lead. We believe that our message is being heard because more growers are moving to GLOBALG.A.P.

The most important reason why we believe that we should be considered for a G.A.P. Award, is because MWD Farms has achieved a score of 100% on every GLOBALG.A.P. audit since 2009. We believe that this accomplishment has set a standard in our community and we want other growers to achieve the same results.

Dave Sargent has been an advocate for GLOBALG.A.P. since the day he was introduced to the GLOBALG.A.P. Standards during his first audit in 2009.

On 6 November 2012, he was honored to be a speaker during the Opening Session of the SUMMIT 2012 Conference in Madrid, Spain. Here’s what he had to say about GLOBALG.A.P.:

"I am a farmer. That's what I love. That's what I've done all my life. I would like to say that GLOBALG.A.P. in my opinion as a farmer is the best thing that's ever happened to the industry. I think that all farmers benefit from GLOBALG.A.P. audits. I know I do. I take full advantage of it, I embrace it. I support GLOBALG.A.P. 100 percent. My love has always been produce. It's a challenge. We have to make sure on the farm that we do an excellent job, and GLOBALG.A.P. has helped us there immensely. We have 48 logs that we fill out every day. When I looked back at those records, I realized that it's the greatest thing I've ever done. Now if anyone ever has a question about what I did and when I did it, I've got it. And for that, I'm grateful."

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