Sustainability Newsletter

April 2021 Sustainability Newsletter:

Did You Know?: University of Florida researchers have found that onion skins can be used to preserve fish and avoid food waste.
(Source: UF/IFAS Blog)

  • private sector conservationUSDA Puts American Farming and Forestry at the Heart of Climate Change Action
  • Leather and Hide Council of America Targets Zero Waste and Transparent Supply Chain
  • Insight & Opinion: Six Keys to Success for Private Sector Conservation Efforts in U.S. Agriculture
  • New California Pollinator Coalition Pledges to Increase Pollinator Habitat
  • Sustainability in Motion: Balancing the Needs of the Land, Business and Future Generations
  • U.S. Dairy Net Zero Initiative Set to Reduce Emissions through Improved Cow Feed

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March-April 2021 Sustainability Newsletter:

Did You Know?: In the past 5 years, U.S. farmers have adopted 132% more renewable energy sources such as geothermal, solar panels, and windmills. (Source: @USagricultureUK – USDA FAS London)

  • USDA SecretaryCountering Climate Change Is Top Priority for U.S. Agriculture, Says Secretary Vilsack
  • Pandemic Drives Demand for Sustainability, Finds U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol
  • 19-21 July: Mark Your Calendar for the UN Food Systems Summit Pre-Meet
  • Insight & Opinion: Sustainable Food – A Common Goal but How to Get There?
  • Iowa Farmer Jack Boyer’s Focus on Soil Health Saves Crops
  • NASA Harvest and CropX Partner to Advance Sustainable Ag

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January 2021 Sustainability Newsletter:

Did You Know?: Women play a key role in over half (51%) of all U.S. farming operations. The highest share of female principals can be found in farms specializing in poultry and other livestock (31% and 30%, respectively). Source – America’s Diverse Family Farms: 2020 Edition

  • family farmsNinety-eight Percent of All U.S. Farms are Family Owned and Operated
  • EU Consumers Rank Taste, Safety and Cost Higher than Food Sustainability
  • Farming Sustainably with GMOs: Views from a Fourth-generation Soybean Farmer
  • Farmers Need More Support to Scale Up Conservation Efforts
  • Organic Farmer Jeff Huckaby on Carrots, His Career and a Bright Future
  • The Search for the Next “Slow Fashion” Leather Designer is On
  • U.S. Lobster is Back on the Menu in Europe
  • Vital Resource on U.S Sustainability Policies and Laws Undergoes Major Update

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November-December 2020 Sustainability Newsletter:

Did You Know?: Today’s farmer grows twice as much food as his or her parents did – using less land, energy, water and fewer emissions. To put that in context, in 1960, a farmer fed just 26 people, while today, the average U.S. farmer feeds 155 people. (Farm Flavor)

  • Cami Ryan re misinformationPoll Finds Unwavering Trust in U.S. Farmers and Admiration for their Sustainability Practices
  • USDA Economic Research Service Examines Economic Impacts of EU’s Farm to Fork
  • Field to Market Report Highlights Concerning Trends in Farm Financial Well-Being
  • Insight & Opinion: Dis-/Mis-Information – Difficult to Detect, but Impossible to Ignore
  • U.S. Dairy Advances Journey to Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050
  • USDA Updates Conservation Practice Standards
  • Smithfield Foods Wins Trio of Awards for Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing

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October 2020 Sustainability Newsletter:

Did You Know?: Since 1980, American farmers have increased overall soy production by 96% while reducing soil erosion by 65% and overall land use by 35%. GHG emissions and energy use have also decreased – by 41% and 42% respectively. More about U.S. soy sustainability.

  • USDA SecretaryU.S. Agriculture Secretary Says Europe has Forgotten the Farm in Farm to Fork
  • Communicating Science: It’s Not Just What You Say but Who Says It That Matters
  • U.S. Organic Sales Increase to Nearly $10 Billion
  • USSA Farmer Spotlight: Fifth-generation Farmer Kim Gallagher on Conserving Water and Keeping the Soil Alive
  • Leather Industry Calls for Suspension of Unfair Sustainability Score for Leather
  • National Institute of Food and Agriculture Invests Over $7M in Predictive Technology Research
  • USSA Cooperators Among Field to Market Members Making Public Climate Commitments
  • Video Diary: A Day in the Life of an American Chicken

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September 2020 Sustainability Newsletter:

Did You Know?: Alaska seafood is sustainable by law. When Alaska became a state in 1959, Alaskans wrote sustainability into their Constitution – calling for all fisheries to be sustainably managed.

  • U.S. Cotton Trust ProtocolTechnology is Key to Feeding a Growing World, says U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
  • USA Rice Conservation Program Renewed for $7M
  • California Dairy Sector Can Achieve Climate Neutrality, Say UC Davis Researchers
  • Insight & Opinion: Innovation is Helping Farmers Rise to the COVID-19 Challenge
  • U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Launches Nationwide Grower Recruitment Drive
  • USSA Farmer Spotlight: Cotton Farmer Lloyd Arthur on Maximizing Irrigation Efficiency
  • USFRA and WBCSD Highlight Agriculture’s Role in Meeting UN Sustainability Goals
  • Reducing Food Loss Requires Food System Change, Finds New Report
  • Cargill to Advance Regenerative Agriculture Practices Across Four Million Hectares by 2030
  • Smithfield Foods to Become Carbon Negative by 2030

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July 2020 Sustainability Newsletter:

Did You Know?: Producing half a kilo (1 pound) of pork uses 75.9% less land and 25.1% less water than it did in 1960. It also requires 7% less energy. The average American household would have to stop using refrigerators to achieve the same reduction! The net result is a 7.7% lower carbon footprint.

  • environmental sustainabilityU.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Opens Up to Brands and Retailers for First Time
  • U.S. Dairy Industry Aims to Be Carbon Neutral by 2050
  • Cyber-physical System Innovation Promises to Boost Yields
  • Insight & Opinion: Without Modern, Industrial Farming, Pandemic Would Have Claimed Many More Lives
  • Wheat Farmer Doug Goyings on Leading-Edge Precision and Conservation Practices
  • Enjoy a Taste of Safe, Sustainable Seafood from the U.S. Northeast
  • Grow Your Knowledge of Softwood Sustainability
  • Real Leather: Stay Different Student Design Competition Goes Annual
  • Climate Change is Top Priority for European Farmers Despite Covid-19
  • Academics Offer New Thinking to Address Economic Impacts of Covid-19 on Agri-food

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June 2020 Sustainability Newsletter:

Did You Know?: Dry beans are climate smart: they adapt to varying climates, use water efficiently, require less fertilizers, and increase biodiversity, all of which help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • organic foodsUSSEC CEO Highlights Soy Sustainability at International Grains Conference
  • Organic Continues to Grow After a Record 2019
  • USSA Farmer Spotlight: Dairy Farmer Tina Hinchley on Milking Robots and Cow Comfort
  • Covid-19: A Silver Lining for U.S. Peanuts
  • Insight & Opinion: Feeding the Nation in the Time of Covid-19
  • Pandemic Drives Demand for Dry Beans
  • Federally Funded Research Critical to Keep Farmers and Ranchers Afloat
  • EU Consumers Are Open to Eating More Sustainably, But Lack Information to Do So
  • Covid-19 Impacts on Agricultural, Food and Environmental Systems
  • 80% of UK Consumers Would Do as Much for Climate as They Have for Coronavirus

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May 2020 Sustainability Newsletter:

Did You Know?: On a national level, U.S. rice farmers are producing more with less — relying on fewer inputs to produce more rice. Achievements over the past 36 years include a 39% increase in land use efficiency and a 52% reduction in water use.

  • U.S. rice sustainabilityEU Champions Global Transition to Sustainable Food Systems
  • USA Rice Sets New Sustainability Targets for 2030
  • USSA Producer Spotlight: Sonny Beal, Lobsterman
  • Innovation Holds the Key to More Sustainable Global Agriculture
  • Guest Insight: Why We Fear the Food We Eat
  • Retailers Fail to Disclose Extent of Food Loss and Waste Emissions
  • University of Georgia’s Alexa Lamm Wins the 2020 CAST Communication Award
  • USDA Video Series Shows Common Conservation Practices in Action
  • Demand for Organic Surges Due to Covid-19

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April/May 2020 Sustainability Newsletter:

Did You Know?: Leather is the best way of dealing with the high volume of hides and skins that have to be sustainably and affordably managed.

  • healthy eatingUSDA Rolls Out Thirty-Year Conservation Program Plans
  • USDA Seeks Input into the Agriculture Innovation Agenda
  • Whole Orchard Recycling is a Climate Smart Sustainable Strategy for California Almonds
  • USSA Farmer Spotlight: Tim Keegan on No-Till Practices
    and Precision Ag
  • Guest Insight: Hope Through Agriculture – Now More Than Ever
  • U.S. Dairy Has Taken ‘A Gut Punch’ But Will Bounce Back, Says USDEC’s President and CEO, Tom Vilsack
  • Coronavirus Crisis Leads to Mountains of Food Waste
  • Introducing the Leather and Hide Council of America
  • U.S Cotton Trust Added to Textile Exchange’s Preferred List for Sustainable Fibers
  • Healthy Eating Takes a Back Seat During Coronavirus but Sustainable Lifestyles Flourish
  • Deere to Produce Protective Face Shields for Frontline Workers

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December 2019 Sustainability Newsletter:

Did You Know?: U.S. almond growers have cut their use of water by 33% in the past 20 years.

  • soil tillageUSSA Spotlight: Rick Clark, Field to Market’s Farmer of the Year, Shares His Approach to Regenerative Farming
  • Role of Science in Sustainable Agriculture
  • U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Names Inaugural Board of Directors
  • Consumer Companies to Miss 2020 Net Zero Deforestation Targets
  • Forget Veganism. Meat is Crucial for Feeding the Planet!
  • Penn Students ‘Hack’ Fruit to Save Billions of Dollars in Food Waste
  • USSA Insight & Opinion: Something to Chew on – Feeding the World in 2050
  • The Facts about U.S. Almond Sustainability
  • Reducing Soil Tillage Helps to Increase Yields, Enhance Soil Health, Boost Water Retention and Reduce Erosion

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November 2019 Sustainability Newsletter:

Did You Know?: 95% of U.S. soy farmers participate in conservation programs and use sustainable production practices.

  • wasting foodFeeding the World: The Challenge of Our Lifetime
  • Global Future Farming Summit: Herd Insights are Moving from the Screen to the Barn
  • Food Matters Summit: When it Comes to Acceptance of Technology, Context is King
  • Field to Market Farmer of the Year Believes in Healthy Soil
  • Food Companies Need to Use Vanishing Water Resources More Efficiently, Says Ceres
  • “Great Food Transformation” Needed to Feed the World
  • USSA Spotlight: Salmon Fisherman Susie Brito on Life in Alaska’s Bristol Bay
  • The Facts about Soy Sustainability
  • USDA, FDA and EPA Partner with the Food Waste Alliance

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October 2019 Sustainability Newsletter:

Did You Know?: Since 1980, U.S. wheat farmers have increased wheat yields by more than 25%. They now produce the same amount of wheat as in 1980 but on 28% less land.

  • plant breedingFarmers and Consumers Ready for New Plant-Breeding Technologies, Finds Financial Times Group Research
  • FAO Report Offers Way Forward on Food Loss and Waste Reduction
  • Field to Market Shares Findings from Latest Cross-Sector Dialogue
  • Agriculture has Unique Opportunity to Tackle Sustainability
  • A Taste of America with a British Twist
  • INSIGHT PIECE — GUEST POST: The Next Chapter in Agriculture’s Sustainability Story
  • The Facts about Wheat Sustainability
  • USSA FARMER SPOTLIGHT: Rice Farmer Tim Gertson

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September 2019 Sustainability Newsletter:

Did You Know?: USDA statistics show that 89 percent of U.S. farms are small and operate on more than half (52%) of U.S. farmland.

  • milk for hydrationWhat Do GHG Emissions Reporting, Body Hydration, and Children under Five Have in Common? Milk!
  • Prolonged Droughts Could Lead to Higher Cost for Bread
  • Sustainability is a Business Imperative, says Euromonitor International
  • Save the Date, 19 November: How Can Science Save Us?
  • USSA FARMER SPOTLIGHT: Christine Gemperle, The Almond Board of California
  • The Facts on Organic Agriculture
  • More Action Needed to Achieve the SDGs by 2030
  • Wine Quality Improves with Sustainability

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July 2019 Sustainability Newsletter:

Did You Know?: In the U.S. every dollar invested in agricultural research returns $20 to the economy.

  • Sonny Perdue USDA SecretaryUSDA Report: Technical Innovations Benefit Agriculture and the Economy
  • EDF Guide Points the Way to More Sustainable U.S. Poultry
  • USSA MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Jennifer James, USA Rice Federation
  • The Latest Facts on Beef
  • Technology and Farming Practices Help U.S. Farmers Do More with Less, Finds USDA Report
  • U.S. Firms are Cream of the Crop in World Economic Forum Tech Pioneers 2019
  • Farmer Viewpoint: How AgTech Attracts International Buyers of U.S. Soy

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May 2019 Sustainability Newsletter:

Did You Know?: On U.S. dairy farms, water is typically safely reused as many as five or six times.

  • sustainable consumer productsThree Decades of U.S. Rice Sustainability
  • U.S. Census of Agriculture 2017: Good News for Sustainability
  • The Latest Facts on Dairy
  • Innovative Consortium Tackles Food Loss and Waste
  • New LCA Clarifies Sustainability of U.S. Beef
  • Marketing Sustainability Makes Business Sense
  • A Sustainable Future with AI

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February 2019 Sustainability Newsletter:

Did You Know?: U.S. rice farmers provide 35% of the food resources needed each year for migrating waterfowl in critical flyways in the U.S.

  • Maddie Sustainable SeafoodThe EU Adopts U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol for Biofuels
  • U.S.’ Largest Food Company and NGO Partner on Sustainable Food Strategy
  • Maddie’s Sustainable Seafood
  • 2019 Oxford Farming Conference
  • Prioritizing Animal Safety in Ag
  • U.S. Rice Fact Sheet

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December 2018 Sustainability Newsletter:

Did You Know?: Some 50% of animal parts considered inedible by Americans are rendered into useful products such as soil conditioners and non-chemical fertilizers.

  • Almond Board of California Invests $6.8 Million in Innovation Research Projects
  • Corn Farmers & Environmental NGO Join for One-of-a-Kind Partnership
  • Smart Irrigation Technology
  • Sustainable Ag at Hultgren Farms
  • Sustainability Policy Myth (hint: it’s not a “trend”)
  • U.S. Rendering Fact Sheet

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November 2018 Sustainability Newsletter:

Did You Know?: Compared to 1960, United States’ egg producers use 32% less water to produce a dozen eggs.

  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Render: Tackling Food Loss farmers
  • Rendering & Leather Reduce Environmental Impact
  • 5 Facts About Sustainable Ag
  • EU Buys More US Nuts
  • More than Soy Butter
  • U.S. Poultry & Eggs Fact Sheet

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October 2018 Sustainability Newsletter:

Did You Know?: Peanut roots can reach two meters into the soil allowing access to large banks of water, thus reducing the amount of irrigation water needed.

  • Science from the Field to the Benefit of the Planet: Action is NOW
    soil sustainability
  • Here’s How America Uses Its Land
  • Soil in Sustainability
  • Cotton Farmer Focus [Video]
  • Sustainability in Five Languages
  • U.S. Peanuts Fact Sheet

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September 2018 Sustainability Newsletter:

Did You Know?: There are more than 19,500 organic operations in the U.S., representing an approximate increase of 250% since 2002.

  • Farming: There’s an App for That
  • Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy: 10 Years of Sustainability Achievement
  • 100+ Years of Conservation
  • Sustainability Myths & Truths
  • U.S. Rice: Focus on the Farmer
  • U.S. Organic Fact Sheet

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July 2018 Sustainability Newsletter:

Did You Know?: Every year, American hardwood forests store about the equivalent of 165 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, approximately equal to the energy used in 17 million homes in one year.

  • Biotech Benefits Sustainability sustainable farming practices rice industry
  • U.S. Dairy: Achieving High-Level Animal Care
  • Rice Farmers Earn Recognition
  • Women of Sustainable Farming
  • Water in the Beef Supply Chain
  • U.S. Hardwood Fact Sheet

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June 2018 Sustainability Newsletter

Did You Know?: Dry beans are nitrogen fixers, meaning they return nutrients to the soil.

  • U.S. Sustainability Alliance at UK’s Footprint Forum U.S. sustainable dry beans
  • U.S. Sustainability Alliance Featured in Farmers Guardian
  • Mitigating Climate Risk in Ag
  • Consumers Think of Sustainability (survey)
  • The Joy of Almonds is Bees
  • U.S. Dry Beans Fact Sheet

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December 2017 Sustainability Newsletter

  • Sustainability Solutions Across the Country  Cropland distribution
  • Organic Production Grows in the U.S.
  • Cropland Map Helps Sustainability
  • Changes to E.U. Farm Support
  • Strengthening the Supply Chain
  • U.S. Organic Fact Sheet

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November 2017 Sustainability Newsletter

  • Responsible Management of Sustainability David Kostelancik
  • Fostering Soil Health
  • A Cornerstone of Agriculture
  • Sustainable Wheat Farming
  • Ag-Tech: A New Era
  • U.S. Hide & Leather Fact Sheet

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October 2017 Sustainability Newsletter

  • Improvement is the Story of the American Farmer  Sonny Perdue USDA Secretary
  • U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue talks with the BBC 
  • Water Quality is a Responsibility
  • U.S. Cotton’s Sustainability Goals
  • Responsible Lobster Harvesting
  • 10 Facts about U.S. Agriculture

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September 2017 Sustainability Newsletter

  • The American Farmer’s Way of Life American Farmers Way of Life
  • Sustainability is Here to Stay
  • Soil on Both Sides of the Atlantic
  • A Century and Counting of American Sustainability
  • Soybean Oil Tires
  • U.S. History of Conservation

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