October 2022 Sustainability Newsletter:

Did You Know?: More than 1,000 varieties of cheese are made in the United States, which is the world’s single largest cheese producer (over 6 billion kilos annually) and exporter (402 million kilos exported in 2021). Source: U.S. Dairy Export Council.

  • Agricultural Productivity Growth is Key to Feeding the World, Finds GAP Report
  • Ambassador Bauer Pays Tribute to America’s Family Farmers, Highlights Work of USSA
  • From Jet Fuel to Beer: New USSA Podcast Uncovers Innovative Uses for Food Waste
  • Wendy Yeager: Soybean Farmer, Front-line Conservationist, Innovator
  • U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Welcomes New Member Ralph Lauren
  • Organic Trade Association and Black Farmers Index Partner to Diversify Organic Agriculture
  • $8 Million in USDA Funding Will Expand Soil Carbon Monitoring

Read the October 2022 Newsletter.

September 2022 Sustainability Newsletter:

Did You Know?:Over the past 36 years, thanks to new practices and innovations, the U.S. rice industry has improved land use efficiency by 39%, reduced soil erosion by 28%, and halved its water use (52%). #NationalRiceMonth

  • Climate-Smart Agriculture Gets a $20 Billion Boost Under New Inflation Reduction Act
  • The Intertribal Agriculture Council Joins the U.S. Sustainability Alliance
  • Seventy Climate-Smart Projects Receive $2.8 Billion in USDA Funding
  • U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol Earns Silver Level Equivalence with SAI Platform
  • Rendez-Vous with USSA Members in Paris This October
  • Making a Living from the Land Means Treating It Right, Says Tribal Farm Manager Kevin Hudson
  • Insight & Opinion: A Uniting Point for U.S. Peanut Sustainability
  • Field to Market Report Shows Growth in Climate Action Across Agriculture Value Chain 

Read the September 2022 Newsletter.

July 2022 Sustainability Newsletter:

Did You Know?: America’s forests are a key response to climate
change. They already capture more than 10% of the nation’s carbon emissions each year and have the potential to do even more. (Source: USDA)

  • USDA Highlights Importance of Innovation at G20 Meeting 
  • Secretary Vilsack on How American Agriculture Rises to the Challenge of Climate Change
  • Food Export-Northeast Plans First U.S. Shellfish Trade Mission to Europe for September
  • USDA Invests $10M in Bioproducts Pilot Program
  • Hardwick Planting Company, the First regenagri Certified U.S. Cotton Farm, Partners with Citizens of Humanity
  • U.S. Soybean Farmer Kenny Brinker’s Sustainability Practices Focus on Soil Quality and Erosion Control
  • FAO and OECD Highlight Role of Investment in Innovation, Infrastructure and Human Capital to Raise Agricultural Productivity

Read the July 2022 Newsletter.

June 2022 Sustainability Newsletter:

Did You Know?: Honey bee pollination adds more than $18 billion in value to agricultural crops annually. (Source: USDA)

  • Organic Trade Association Applauds USDA’s “Historic” Investment in Organic Production
  • Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Plans to Transform the U.S. Food System 
  • Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy Announces 2022 Sustainability Award Winners
  • US Cotton Trust Protocol Recognized as Sustainable Cotton Standard by Germany’s Partnership for Sustainable Textiles
  • Insight & Opinion: Could Technology and Innovation in Agriculture Feed the World?
  • Grayhouse Farms Recognized for Excellence in Conservation and Cow Care
  • USDA Invests $1.92M in New Agribusiness Innovation Center at NC A&T State University

Read the June 2022 Newsletter.

May 2022 Sustainability Newsletter:

Did You Know?:Peanuts are nitrogen-fixing; they take nitrogen from the air and turn it into food. As a result, peanut plants don’t need a lot of extra fertilizer and can rely on the nutrition left by previous crops. [PQ, The National Peanut Board]

  • President Biden Announces Actions to Boost U.S. Food Production and Feed the World
  • U.S. Better Positioned than Competitors to Meet Rising Global Demand for Dairy
  • The Consequences of The War in Ukraine on America’s Food Supply
  • NIFA Invests Nearly $4M in Two New Centers of Excellence at 1890 Land-grant Institutions
  • Meet the Soil Health Advocate Who Hosted President Biden on His Farm
  • U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Doubles Grower Participation in Second Year
  • Cornell’s Martin Wiedmann Wins 2022 Borlaug CAST Communication Award
  • UK Platinum Picnic Honors the British Monarch, Celebrates Sustainable U.S. Ingredients

Read the May 2022 Newsletter.

April 2022 Sustainability Newsletter:

Did You Know?: The first Earth Day was on April 22 in 1970. It inspired some 20 million Americans to take to the streets – 10% of the U.S population at the time. (Source: Earth Day Network)

  • deforestationU.S. President Biden Commits to Conserving America’s Forests
  • Four Decades of Sustainable U.S. Soy Documented in New Report
  • U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Lead on Sustainability
  • Dairy Digesters Are a Climate Solution, Says UC Davis Air Quality Extension Specialist
  • Ten of the Best: America’s Environmentally Sustainable Farmers and Producers
  • Soybeans Planted Near Pollinator Habitats Produce Larger Beans, Research Finds
  • USDA Strengthens Support for Critical Pollinator Research

Read the April 2022 Newsletter.

March 2022 Sustainability Newsletter:

Did You Know?: More than half (51%) of all farming operations in the United States have at least one female operator. (Source: 2019 Agricultural Resource Management Survey).

  • women in agricultureMeet Some of America’s Exceptional Women Farmers and Producers
  • Conservation Practices Increase on U.S. Cultivated Cropland, Finds USDA Report
  • USDA Plows $250M into Domestic Fertilizer Market
  • USSA Welcomes its 22nd Member
  • Regenerative Agriculture Produces Healthier Crops, Study Suggests
  • Insight & Opinion: Forget the Propaganda: Visit Our Farms
  • Celebration of Sustainable Ag Takes Over the National Mall, Washington DC
  • The Search is On for the Next “Slow Fashion” Leather Designer

Read the March 2022 Newsletter .

February 2022 Sustainability Newsletter:

Did You Know?: In 2021, the U.S. ag industry posted record annual global export levels – 14.6% higher than the previous 2014 record. (Source: USDA)

  • No-Till FarmingUSDA Invests $1 Billion in Climate-Smart Commodities
  • USDA Aims to Double Cover Crop Usage to Tackle Climate Change
  • Origins of Whole Orchard Recycling Explored in Almond Board Mini-Doc
  • U.S. Pork Producers Set New Sustainability Goals and Metrics
  • Insight & Opinion: Animal Welfare and Profitability Go Hand in Hand on America’s Farms
  • Cotton Farmer Barry Evans on his Pioneering Approach to Dryland Farming
  • 1,000 Farms Study Will Gather Evidence of Regenerative Agriculture Benefits
  • American Peanut Council to Document Sustainability Story of U.S. Peanuts

Read the February 2022 Newsletter .

December 2021 Sustainability Newsletter:

Did You Know?: Sustainable soil use and resource conservation efforts by American farmers has increased by almost 14 million hectares in just five years. (Source: American Farm Bureau Federation)

  • divestment campaigningInsight & Opinion: Is Big Ag Next in the Firing Line for Activist Divestment Campaigners?
  • Transition to Sustainable Agriculture Requires Further Collective Action
  • Sustainable Agriculture Can Save Land and Water Resources from Breaking Point
  • CAST Study Clarifies Benefits of GMOs for Consumers, Producers and the Environment
  • Rice Farmer Scott Matthews on Why Irrigation is Like a Giant Math Equation
  • Rice Industry Leaders Recognized for Outstanding Conservation Practices

Read the December 2021 Newsletter .

November 2021 Sustainability Newsletter:

Did You Know?: A handful of healthy soil contains more microbes than there are people on Earth. (Source: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service)

  • sustainable agricultureU.S. and EU Agree to Collaborate on Sustainable Agriculture
  • USDA Signals Commitment to Climate Action at UN Climate Summit
  • The U.S., EU and Partners Make Global Methane Pledge at COP26
  • California’s Almond Farmers Recognized for Protecting Pollinators
  • Latest USSA Podcast Takes Deep Dive into Water Conservation
  • Sixth-Generation Farmer Amy Bruch Is Organic Farmer of the Year
  • It’s (Virtual) Open House at This Fifth-Generation Sustainable Soybean Grower’s Farm
  • Rice is More than a Tasty Grain, Says The Rice Foundation’s Steve Linscombe

Read the November 2021 Newsletter .

October 2021 Sustainability Newsletter:

Did You Know?: 3.3 billion people rely on seafood for almost 20 percent of their average per capita intake of protein, making it the world’s largest traded food commodity. (Source: USSEC)

  • climateLaunching at COP26, US-led AIM Initiative Gains Additional International Support
  • USDA Invests Over $3 Billion in More Resilient, Climate-Smart Agriculture
  • U.S. Dairy Industry Honors Sustainability Commitments Despite Pandemic Disruption
  • Technology and Innovation Go Under the Microscope in Latest USSA Podcast
  • Wheat Farmer Peter Hvidsten on Why Less Input Means Better Output
  • Insight & Opinion: The Answer Lies in the Soil
  • Kent Swisher Named President and CEO of the North American Renderers Association

Read the October 2021 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

Read the September 2021 Newsletter .

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

Read the July 2021 Newsletter.

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

Read the June 2021 Newsletter.

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

Read the May 2021 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

Read the March-April 2021 Newsletterin English    

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. (Source: 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

Read the November-December 2020 Newsletterin English    French    German    Polish    Spanish 

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

Read the October 2020 Newsletterin English    French    German    Polish    Spanish 

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

Read the September 2020 Newsletterin English    French    German    Polish    Spanish 

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

View June 2020 Newsletterin English    French    German    Polish    Spanish 

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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