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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

The U.S. Highlights Farmers’ Sustainability Focus 

When Cedric Porter, a journalist from the UK, visited Nebraska, he found a state committed to sustainable agriculture where standards far exceed those required by law. Most grain farmers have […]

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A U.S. Perspective on the EU’s Farm to Fork Strategy

David Green, Executive Director of the U.S. Sustainability Alliance, discusses sustainable food systems, mirror clauses, and their meaning Through summer and the fall, U.S. farmers will harvest their crops, many […]

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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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Latest Reports

International Food Security Assessment, 2023–2033

DATE: August 2023 SECTOR: Food and Nutrition SOURCE: The U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service (USDA ERS) TOPIC: Global food security SUMMARY: An annual assessment of global food security […]

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Economic Impact of U.S. Soybeans and End Products on the U.S. Economy

DATE: 29 August 2023 SECTOR: Agriculture SOURCE: NOPA (National Oilseed Producers Association) and the United Soybean Board TOPIC: Economic impact study (soybeans) SUMMARY: An independent assessment of the U.S. soybean […]

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Economics of Soil Health Systems on 30 Farms

DATE: 9 August 2023 SECTOR: Agriculture SOURCE: The Soil Health Institute and the National Association of Conservation Districts TOPIC: The economics of soil health SUMMARY: The economic impact of soil […]

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Risks of synchronized low yields are underestimated in climate and crop model projections, Kornhuber, K., Lesk, C., Schleussner, C.F. et al.

DATE: 4 July 2023 SECTOR: Farming, Food Production SOURCE: Nature Communications TOPIC: The real threat of climate change to food production SUMMARY: A look at the effectiveness of current models […]

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Latest News Articles

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RESEARCH: Loss of Glyphosate Would Cost Farmers and The Environment

What would happen if glyphosate were no longer available? A new report from Aimpoint Research provides an answer. Despite being determined safe by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the widely […]

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Bidii Baby Foods: The Navajo Farmer Going Back to His Roots   

Zach Ben, a sixth-generation farmer, and his wife Mary are the Founders of Bidii Baby Foods – an agricultural cooperative registered on the Navajo Nation, the largest Indian reservation in […]

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New Podcast Alert! U.S. Agriculture is a Family Affair

Tune in to the latest episode of USSA’s podcast featuring two farming families on the frontline of Louisiana agriculture. Regenerative agriculture, the sustainability benefits of tighty-whities, and restoring black bear […]

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Food Businesses Need to Wake Up to AI’s Potential, Says PepsiCo CIO

Artificial intelligence (AI) has taken the world by storm. It has sparked excitement and curiosity but also skepticism and fear. According to PepsiCo Europe CIO Nigel Richardson, AI presents some […]

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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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