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From Opinion and Insights to the latest in technologies and news straight from the fields, here you will find information about the produce and work of our members and their innovation in U.S. farming, fishing and forestry.

Insights and Opinion

Alaskan Fisherman Shannon Ford Ward on Five Generations of Commercial Fishing

We spoke to Shannon about her fishing heritage, the culture she is proud to be part of, and the industry practices that will help protect Alaska’s seafood bounty for the future.

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Doing What is Right on Earth Day and Every Day

Kevin Krentz, president of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, outlines the practices he uses to promote employee wellbeing, maintain soil health, reduce waste, and conserve natural resources.

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The (Possibly) Unknown Environmental Side of U.S. Agriculture

When Jesús López Colmenarejo, a leading agrifood journalist from Grupo Editorial Agrícola in Madrid, Spain, visited Louisiana last year, his eyes were opened to the reality of sustainable U.S. agriculture.

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This Fifth-Generation Farm is Targeting a Better Future for Black Growers and The Planet

To mark Black History Month, we profile the fifth-generation Black-owned family farm supplying Target with sustainable cotton as part of the Target Forward sustainability strategy.

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Latest Reports

Feeding the Economy, 2023

DATE: 24 April 2023 SECTOR: Farming, Food Production SOURCE: A partnership of 25 U.S. food and agriculture groups TOPIC: Economic impact analysis SUMMARY: The food and agriculture sector’s contribution to […]

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Solutions to Meet the Need for Feed

DATE: 17 April 2023 SECTOR: Farming, Animal Feed SOURCE: World Wildlife Fund (WWF) TOPIC: Sustainable animal feed SUMMARY: Solutions to meet the growing need for feed in the United States […]

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U.S. Organic Production, Markets, Consumers and Policy, 2000–21

10 April 2023: The food and agriculture sector’s contribution to the U.S. economy in 2023

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Future Warming From Global Food Consumption

6 March 2023: An analysis of the impact of current food production systems on global warming and mitigation strategies.

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Latest News Articles

Improved Animal Genetics Combat Climate Change Effects

The role of improved animal genetic programs in combating the effects of climate change By Christina Ballard, grant writer, SMART Reproduction – a woman-owned biotech company specializing in small ruminant […]

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USDA Research Strategy Aims to Transform U.S. Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched its Science and Research Strategy – a three-year vision for transforming U.S. agriculture through science and innovation. The strategy is USDA’s “answer to […]

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USSA Podcast: From Cotton to Crawfish in Louisiana

Louisiana is famous for many things – its Creole cuisine, bayous, alligators, and jazz scene are legendary. But, unbeknown to many, it is also an agricultural powerhouse, the premier gateway […]

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Meet 2022 Organic Farmer of the Year – April Jones Thatcher

The Organic Trade Association’s Organic Leadership Awards recognize individuals making a tangible difference to the U.S. organic industry. For organic producers, the highest accolade is Farmer of the Year, which […]

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Policies and Regulations


Whilst the USSA members work to exceed regulatory requirement, U.S. laws and regulations provide a robust framework, developed over many years, to ensure and promote the sustainability of its crop, livestock, seafood and forestry sectors. The policies look to immediate impacts on the environment and beyond to cover topics from employment to biodiversity to endangered species. The following pages provide context and an introduction to key federal legislation.



Focused on conservation and environmental stewardship, the USDA, working with The Natural Resources Conservation Service on technical assessment and the Farm Service Agency for enforcements, uses grant management to deliver best practice. A particular focus is on erodible lands and wetlands, with ‘sodbuster’ and ‘swampbuster’ rules, requires presentation of conservation strategies prior to conversion of lands to agricultural use. One result, that soil loss has been halved since 1982.



The U.S. recognizes that sustainability has many facets and action is required in explicit areas. This has resulted in the enactment of a wide range of laws from the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act to the Endangered Species Act, to research and regulatory action on Insecticides and Fungicides and Rodenticide Act; and, with the Lacey Act a focus on illegal trafficking of plants, fish and animals.


Latest Podcasts


In the latest episode of This is U.S. Sustainability, we hear from two multi-generational farmers – an eleventh-generation grains farmer from Maryland and the owner of a centennial cattle farm in Louisiana – about how they have moved with the times while staying true to their roots. We cover rotational grazing, no-till cultivation, water conservation, biotech seeds, and more. And we discuss why going back to the natural cycle is sometimes the best approach.


Tune in to the latest episode of This is U.S. Sustainability to hear how Paul Catanzaro and Professor Tony D’Amato work together to reach family forest owners and ensure they have the information and resources to make the right decisions about their land. And learn about the vital role Tim Stout, a Vermont landowner, plays in amplifying their message.


Tune in for the lowdown on the innovative, often surprising ways the almond industry and the wider food sector are reducing waste. Jet fuel, beer, water filters and peat moss to grow mushrooms – these are just some of the many applications in use and under development.

Recent Videos

American Lobster Harvesting & Sustainability

Hear directly from noted seafood chef and author Barton Seaver about the sustainability of the American lobster industry.

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L&HCA Documentary Series Establishes Leather as a Sustainable Material

The new Rewind documentary series from Real Leather Stay Different. aims to provide some balance in the debate about the use of our land, fast fashion and our future.

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USMEF Sustainability Video

This video highlights the emphasis on sustainability by the U.S. beef industry. Watch this story of beef farmers’ and ranchers’ multi-generational commitment to the environment with buyers and consumers around the world.

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