Sustainability Newsletter

September 2021 Sustainability Newsletter:

Did You Know?: Today’s U.S. farmers and ranchers produce more than they did 30 years ago with less resources. U.S. agriculture would have needed nearly 100 million more acres (40 million hectares) in 1990 to match 2020 production levels. (Source: American Farm Bureau Federation)

  • sustainable agricultureUSDA Commits $5 Billion to Building More Sustainable, Resilient and Inclusive Food Systems
  • U.S. Livestock Genetics Export, Inc. Joins U.S. Sustainability Alliance
  • U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol Hits Exports of 100 Million Metric Tons
  • New USSA Podcast Debunks Common Myths about U.S. Ag and Food Production
  • Farmer Spotlight: Native Alaskan Bill Thomas on Family, Fishing and Protecting the Future
  • Insight & Opinion: Water in Leather Production: The Incredible Shrinking Act
  • Cattle Rendering is an Unsung Sustainability Success Story
  • Young Designers Express their Pandemic Experience in American Hardwood

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July 2021 Sustainability Newsletter:

Did You Know?: Farms that use whole orchard recycling sequester 2.4 tons of carbon per acre, which is the equivalent of living car-free for a year.
(Source: The Almond Board of California)

  • agriculture issuesUS-EU Trade Means Resolving Difficult Ag Issues, Says USDA Secretary Vilsack
  • OECD FAO Agricultural Outlook Sets 2030 Production and Environmental Goals
  • Farmers Want to Join the Fight Against Climate Change, But They Need Help
  • Organic Trade Association Fights Food Fraud to Protect Integrity of Organic
  • USDA NIFA Invests $5.4M in Biobased Products Research to Stimulate Trade Opportunities
  • From Corn to Peanuts: A Sustainable Investment for Arkansas Farmer Greg Baltz
  • Fieldprint 4.0 Offers Enhanced Measurement of Water Quality and Soil Carbon Outcomes
  • CAST Commentary Considers Role of Ag Science and Tech in Climate Mitigation

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June 2021 Sustainability Newsletter:

Did You Know?: Without rendering, one of the oldest forms of recycling in the world, all U.S. landfills would be full in four years, while 50% of each meat animal would be wasted. (Source: North American Renderers Association)

  • agriculture exportsU.S. Farm Exports Projected to Reach Record High this Year
  • Pandemic ‘Revolution’ Leads to Record Organic Sales
  • Cutting Leather Use Would Have a Significant Environmental Impact, Finds LHCA
  • America the Beautiful to Conserve 30 Percent of Lands and Waters by 2030
  • Alaskan Fisherman Melanie Brown on Keeping Sustainability in the Family
  • Updated USDA State Fact Sheets Now Available
  • FAO ‘Walks the Talk’ on Climate

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May 2021 Sustainability Newsletter:

Did You Know?: Seaweed could solve the burping cow problem! A University of California Davis study found that feeding cattle algae reduces methane by 82%, promising more sustainable livestock production. (Source: UC Davis)

  • AIM for climate changeU.S. Launches Agriculture Innovation Mission (AIM) for Climate
  • USDA Food Loss and Waste Innovation Fair Goes Virtual
  • Cornell’s Dr. Sarah Evanega Wins 2021 Borlaug CAST Communication Award
  • U.S. Rice Farmers Take Pride in Looking After the Land for Future Generations
  • How the Bailey Family is Future-proofing Whitman County Wheat Production
  • Precision Ag is Good for Planet and Profit, Says Combined AEM Environmental Study

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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 opinionPoll 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.

  • Sonny Perdue 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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