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Meet The Family Farm Putting Louisiana on the Tourist Map  

Four Oaks Farm in Morganza, Louisiana, is more than a working farm. Since the start of the year, it has also been opening its doors to tourists on Mississippi River […]

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Soil – A Precious Resource that Should be Preserved

For decades, preserving the soil has been a top priority in Nebraska. Farmers are committed to reducing their use of chemicals, retaining water, increasing yields, and capturing and storing carbon […]

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“We Don’t Plow; We Farm Sustainably,” Say Nebraska’s Farmers

In Nebraska, being a farmer carries weight, writes Filip Horácěk, business editor of Seznam Zprávy, the leading news website in the Czech Republic. Agriculture represents one-fifth of Nebraska’s GDP, and […]

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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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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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USSA Spotlight: Meet Ten Exceptional Women in U.S. Farming, Fishing and Forestry

In honor of Women’s History Month this March and International Women’s Day, we celebrate some of the women who are making a difference and championing excellence in farming, forestry, and fisheries.

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Meet the Maryland Farm the EU Commissioner Visited for a First-Hand Look at U.S. Agriculture

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and European Union Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski recently visited Lippy Brothers, a family-owned and operated grain and vegetable farm in Hampstead, Maryland.

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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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Farming Factsheets

U.S. ALMONDS: VIEW HERE U.S. BEEF: VIEW HERE U.S. COTTON: VIEW HERE U.S. DAIRY: VIEW HERE U.S. DRY BEANS: VIEW HERE U.S. ORGANIC: VIEW HERE U.S. PEANUTS: VIEW HERE U.S. […]

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Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology

Biotechnology has brought major production efficiencies to some U.S. crops, and is regulated by three federal agencies under a coordinated framework to ensure the safety of genetically modified crops. Background: Genetically […]

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80 results found: beans

Meet The Family Farm Putting Louisiana on the Tourist Map  

Four Oaks Farm in Morganza, Louisiana, is more than a working farm. Since the start of the year, it has also been opening its doors to tourists on Mississippi River […]

Read more

Soil – A Precious Resource that Should be Preserved

For decades, preserving the soil has been a top priority in Nebraska. Farmers are committed to reducing their use of chemicals, retaining water, increasing yields, and capturing and storing carbon […]

Read more

“We Don’t Plow; We Farm Sustainably,” Say Nebraska’s Farmers

In Nebraska, being a farmer carries weight, writes Filip Horácěk, business editor of Seznam Zprávy, the leading news website in the Czech Republic. Agriculture represents one-fifth of Nebraska’s GDP, and […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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.

Read more

USSA Spotlight: Meet Ten Exceptional Women in U.S. Farming, Fishing and Forestry

In honor of Women’s History Month this March and International Women’s Day, we celebrate some of the women who are making a difference and championing excellence in farming, forestry, and fisheries.

Read more

Meet the Maryland Farm the EU Commissioner Visited for a First-Hand Look at U.S. Agriculture

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and European Union Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski recently visited Lippy Brothers, a family-owned and operated grain and vegetable farm in Hampstead, Maryland.

Read more

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.

Read more

Farming Factsheets

U.S. ALMONDS: VIEW HERE U.S. BEEF: VIEW HERE U.S. COTTON: VIEW HERE U.S. DAIRY: VIEW HERE U.S. DRY BEANS: VIEW HERE U.S. ORGANIC: VIEW HERE U.S. PEANUTS: VIEW HERE U.S. […]

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Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology

Biotechnology has brought major production efficiencies to some U.S. crops, and is regulated by three federal agencies under a coordinated framework to ensure the safety of genetically modified crops. Background: Genetically […]

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Insights and Opinion

Can the Feed Industry Provide the Solutions Agriculture Needs?

In a landmark move, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Bovaer® - a feed ingredient that reduces enteric methane emissions from dairy cows - for use in the United States. What are the implications?

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Meet Dairy Farmers the Beck Brothers – Sustainability Champions and TV Stars!

To mark National Dairy Month, we visit a New York dairy farm to look at some of the advances that have led to these improvements. Meet the Beck Brothers, the stars of a new TV documentary!

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Sharing Stories to Counter Misinformation about Biotechnology

Jennie Schmidt, a third-generation farmer and registered dietitian, strongly believes in the power of storytelling. In her experience, personal narratives can help consumers better understand how our food is grown, especially when fewer people have first-hand knowledge of the agriculture industry than ever before.

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Meet Larry Santos, Organic Farmer of the Year

Larry Santos of Taylor Farming in Salinas, California, has been named 2024’s Organic Farmer of the Year, recognized by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) for his outstanding contribution to organic […]

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Latest Reports

2023 United States Agricultural Export Yearbook

May 2024. In 2023, the United States exported almost $175 billion worth of agricultural commodities worldwide. The primary markets for these exports were China, Mexico, and Canada, followed by the European Union in fourth place. The latest export yearbook from USDA FAS delves into the details of this export activity, providing essential data and trends for the top 14 U.S. agricultural commodity exports and the leading 16 export destinations in 2023.

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U.S. Sustainable Agriculture (Soil Health): Laws, Policies, and Programs

May 2024. Due to popular demand, USSA's regulatory report outlining key dates and events, regulatory developments, and government funding and assistance programs in U.S agriculture has been divided into four mini-series reports: soil health, water, climate change, and biodiversity. This report focuses on soil health.

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U.S. Sustainable Agriculture (Biodiversity): Laws, Policies, and Programs

May 2024. Due to popular demand, USSA's regulatory report outlining key dates and events, regulatory developments, and government funding and assistance programs in U.S agriculture has been divided into four mini-series reports: soil health, water, climate change, and biodiversity. This report focuses on biodiversity.

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U.S. Sustainable Agriculture (Water): Laws, Policies, and Programs

May 2024. Due to popular demand, USSA's regulatory report outlining key dates and events, regulatory developments, and government funding and assistance programs in U.S agriculture has been divided into four mini-series reports: soil health, water, climate change, and biodiversity. This report focuses on water.

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Latest News Articles

USSA Newsletter: June 2024

This month, we bring you an update on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s adaptation plan to mitigate the growing risks of climate change. We also feature an innovation challenge to find breakthrough solutions to agriculture’s most pressing challenges. And we report on global research that has identified a way to save nearly half of the 1.3 billion tons of food wasted annually.

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Updated Climate Adaptation Plans Seeks to Build Resilience Nationwide

To mitigate climate risks and their impacts on their operations, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and more than 20 other federal agencies have released updated climate adaptation plans.

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National Strategy Aims to Halve Food Loss and Waste by 2030

Every year, one-third of all available food in the United States goes uneaten through loss or waste, and EPA research shows that this waste produces greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 60 coal-fired power plants.

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Innovation Challenge Aims to Spark Transformative Agricultural Research

The global search is on for breakthrough research projects in food and agriculture! USDA and the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) are offering up to $2 million to multiple teams and projects to pursue high-risk, high-reward research.

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Policies and Regulations

U.S. LAWS 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.

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U.S. CONSERVATION PROGRAMS

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.

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U.S. SUSTAINABILITY LAWS

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.

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Latest Podcasts

EP8- FARMING HERITAGE: RESPECTING TRADITION, EMBRACING CHANGE

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.

EP7- FORESTS AND THEIR ROLE AS A NATURAL CLIMATE SOLUTION

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.

EP6- FROM JET FUEL TO BEER: NEW USSA PODCAST UNCOVERS INNOVATIVE USES FOR FOOD WASTE

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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