A Century of American Sustainability

For more than 100 years, there has been an ongoing commitment to U.S. sustainability through conservation programs and practices that protect natural resources.

Latest Sustainability News

Read the latest sustainability news, covering sustainable practices, policies and programs.

Climate-Smart Agriculture Gets a $20 Billion Boost Under New Inflation Reduction Act

Close to $20 billion is to be invested in climate-smart agriculture in the United States. This is part of a $40 billion support package for agriculture, forestry, and rural development included in the Biden Administration’s new Inflation Reduction Act. Described as “the most aggressive action ever to confront the climate crisis”, the landmark bill aims to fight inflation, boost domestic energy production and manufacturing, and reduce carbon emissions by 40% by 2030. Read more about this historic Act.

Field to Market Report Shows Growth in Climate Action Across Agriculture Value Chain

Organizations across the agriculture value chain are focusing greater attention on the climate crisis, according to the latest Climate Compendium from Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture™. The report found that almost a third of Field to Market members (73%) have made public commitments on climate change, growing from 68% in 2021. However, despite the advances made, Field to Market President Scott Herndon says there is more work to be done.  Read more.

U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol Earns Silver Level Equivalence with SAI Platform

The U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP), which verifies and documents sustainable soy production, has earned Silver Level Equivalence when benchmarked with SAI Platform’s Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA) 3.0. This latest third-party endorsement will ease U.S. soy farmers’ access to international markets, says SAI Platform’s Joe Iveson, because the FSA is a globally accepted definition of on-farm sustainability. Read more.

Featured Sustainability Articles

Articles from the USSA, representing U.S. agriculture and other organizations committed to sustainable practices.

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Sustainable Practices

U.S. farm conservation programs, such as USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program, are making an increasingly positive impact on sustainable farming practices while protecting the environment.

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Insight & Opinion

Research shows that consumers want to know where and how their food is grown, and they believe that their food purchases have an impact on the environment. American peanut farmers have a compelling story that will resonate with them, says Eric Coronel, Director of Sustainability at The American Peanut Council. And a new grower initiative will help ensure they have the data to support it. Read Eric’s article about the sustainability of U.S. peanuts.

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Sustainability Spotlight

Read 10 facts about U.S. sustainable practices to learn how the U.S. has been practicing conservation and sustainability long before they became the issues they are today.

Sustainability Fact Sheets

American farmers, fishermen and foresters are dedicated to sustainability – continually improving effective sustainable practices and responsible conservation programs. Read these fact sheets to learn more about how they grow, harvest, and produce sustainably.

This month’s featured American Sustainability Success Story:
U.S. Rice.

The U.S. rice industry has shown outstanding accomplishments in the past 36 years across the three pillars of sustainability (environmental, economic, and social) including key environmental resource markers: land use and soil conservation; water use and quality; energy use and air quality; and biodiversity. Details.

The U.S. Sustainability Alliance is a group of farmers, fishermen and foresters who together explore and share their values and successful experiences regarding U.S. sustainability and conservation programs and practices.